The terror attack in London overshadowed the Trump Administration’s first strategy session of the global coalition to take out ISIL. British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson was at the talks here in Washington when he got word of the terror attack.
CGTN’s Nathan King reports.
US State Dept hosts summit to map out ISIL strategyThe terror attack in London overshadowed the Trump Administration’s first strategy session of the global coalition to take out ISIL. British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson was at the talks here in Washington when he got word of the terror attack. CGTN’s Nathan King reports.
Sixty-eight countries in Washington wanting to know what the new U.S. administration will bring to the fight against ISIL- they said it’s the priority.
”The degradation of ISIL is not the end goal. We must defeat ISIL. I recognize there are more pressing challenges in the Middle East, but defeating ISIL is the United States’ number one goal,” U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.
While the U.S. secretary of state pledged renewed resolve against ISIL, there was no pledge of more U.S. troops or money. In fact, Tillerson asked allies to do and pay more. He also said winning on the battlefield would need to be followed by stabilizing the region and winning the war of ideas.
But the battle is ongoing the fight for the northern Iraqi city of Mosul is in its fifth month – some Iraqi units have taken heavy casualties – civilians are dying in large numbers.
And as delegates from 68 nations meet here, many were keeping a close eye on the deadly terrorist attack in London- especially Boris Johnson, the UK Foreign Secretary and his U.S. counterpart.
The absence of Russia and Iran at this global coalition raises questions about how effective it can be on the ground especially in Syria – both nations have recently stepped up attacks against ISIL and have said they will be willing to help – but U.S./Russia relations remain complicated by allegations of election tampering and the Trump administration’s refusal to work with Iran on anything.
Peter Vincent talks about ISIL summit and London attack
Police confirmed four victims died and 40 injured in London’s attack. For more on London attack, ISIL summit and possibility of U.S.-Russian cooperation, CGTN’s Mike Walter spoke to Peter Vincent, Former DOJ and DHS counterterrorism official and Assistant Director General of International Policy at BORDERPOL.