Talks With Taliban "Constructive", Hope To Reach Settlement: Donald Trump

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"An economic miracle is taking place in the United States, and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics, or ridiculous partisan investigations", Trump said during his speech.

The top commander of US forces in the Middle East says the Islamic State group's territorial hold in Syria and Iraq is on the verge of collapse.

"It should be formally announced sometime, probably next week, that we will have 100% of the caliphate", said the president.

He said he wanted to wait for the official word before making any announcement.

USA forces withdrew from Iraq in 2011, but returned in 2014 at the invitation of the government to help battle ISIS after it seized vast areas in the north and west of the country, including Iraq's second largest city, Mosul.

Vice President Mike Pence told CBS News earlier in the day that it would be weeks before all of the territory that ISIS took is reclaimed.

"Avoidance of power vacuums that could be exploited by terrorists to undermine Syria's territorial integrity and neighbors' national security will be essential", said Cavusoglu, as quoted by the state-run Anadolu news agency. IS has lost more than 99 per cent of the territory it once held in the two countries.

Unlike his predecessor, Pompeo added, Trump has taken proactive measures to "take down the caliphate" and reduce the risk from ISIS and Russian Federation, the important players there, and is determined to allow the millions of displaced Syrians to return home in addition to reducing violence to help rebuild the country. Votel also confirmed to committee members that he believes the remaining ISIS stronghold in Syria will be eliminated by the time of USA troops drawdown.

'Three weeks ago, I was in Iraq and I was talking to some of our great generals, and I gave them the absolute go ahead.

"I think the administration has sent some really mixed messages about the terms of the US withdrawal from Syria", she said.

"He was one of the Americans who helped rescue Joshua from that hell on earth", Trump said. 'To me, ' Joshua recalls, 'the American soldiers were proof that God exists, and they came down from the sky'. Gen. James Hecker, vice director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the withdrawal means "it is going to be hard to keep up the pressure" on IS.

"They'll be around. They're sick".

While the USA military stopped providing aerial refueling to coalition warplanes in November, the U.S. continues limited intelligence sharing aimed at countering Houthi missile and drone attacks against Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

They're demented. You'll always have them no matter how well we do militarily.

He played down the United States planned withdrawal from Syria saying it was a tactical change rather than a retreat in their involvement, adding that: "America will continue to lead in giving those who would destroy us no quarter".

The US President thanked the UAE, Germany and Saudi Arabia for their increased financial commitments as part of the coalition.

'I always regret the loss of American service members in battle, ' he told Glor, who asked if he regretted what he said.

Trump, reviewing his foreign policy, noted his decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, and described it as of a piece with his realist approach, which has also dictated his retreat from treaties and alliances.

"We ask that our coalition partners seriously and rapidly consider requests that will enable our efforts to continue", he said.

He pledged, 'We're going to stay in the region we're going to be prepared to strike back at ISIS'.

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