The Trump administration is taking an increasingly hawkish approach to the Islamic State.
In a speech on Monday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced that the U.S. will launch an air campaign to liberate Iraq from the Islamic group.
In Iraq, Tillerson will announce the creation of the Coalition Provisional Authority, which will include Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces, who have been battling the Islamic militants for months.
The Trump White House is also considering the use of U.N. peacekeepers and other forces in the region.
But it is far from clear that the coalition will be able to fully secure the country, as the United States has not actually captured any territory from the IS since March.
The administration has long argued that it can’t achieve its goal of toppling the extremist group unless it forces the terrorist group to surrender territory, and it has been looking to launch an offensive against ISIS in the Middle East in the coming months.
While the administration has been talking up the campaign, the U-S.-led coalition has been trying to keep its ground forces engaged in Iraq.
The U.K.-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has been conducting airstrikes against the Islamic state in Iraq and Syria since the fall of Mosul in June.
It has also launched drone strikes against the militants in Iraq, Syria, and Libya.
U.C. Davis, a Washington-based think tank, recently noted that the United Kingdom and its allies have been able to maintain a stable peace in Syria with no significant IS-related attacks in the country.
“We’ve had two U.KS.gov attacks that were foiled by the Assad regime, but we haven’t had a single attack that was foiled,” he said.
The United States, meanwhile, has also been fighting the Islamic extremist group in Syria, while the Syrian regime has been pushing IS to the east and west of the country to the north.
The Obama administration has tried to strike a balance between its long-standing desire to fight the Islamic militant group while also supporting Kurdish forces fighting the extremist groups.
In recent months, the administration announced plans to send 5,000 U. S. troops to help Kurdish forces in Iraq to retake territory that was captured from IS by Kurdish forces and Syrian Kurds in the north and west.
In his speech Monday, Tillerson also said the United Nations must step up efforts to monitor and counter the spread of the Islamic terrorist group.
“The global community has an obligation to step up our efforts to fight IS and to build up our capacity to counter it,” Tillerson said.
He added that the administration “will use our influence to push the Security Council and our allies to adopt a resolution that sets the stage for effective action.”
However, there are already signs that Tillerson’s new strategy is not being effective.
The Pentagon’s top general, General James Mattis, has said that the Islamic extremists are still present in Syria and Iraq, and the United Arab Emirates, which has a major airbase near Raqqa, is fighting the group.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) was the largest terrorist group in Iraq before it was pushed out by the United State and other nations in 2014.
ISIS has been holding territory in Iraq since 2014, but the U,S.-backed coalition has recently begun taking significant ground in the area.
The coalition has also conducted airstrikes against ISIS targets in Iraq in recent months.
As Tillerson’s speech came to a close, a group of senior U.P. officials took to the stage and urged the president to take action against the group as soon as possible.
“The president needs to have the tools, the political will and the will to act,” National Security Council spokesman Ned Price told reporters.
“This is a matter of national security, and there is no other way.”
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