Secretary Tillerson Addresses Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Ministerial

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson poses for a family photo with the Delegation at the Ministerial Meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS at Bayan Palace in Kuwait City, Kuwait, February 13, 2018. (State Department photo)
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson poses for a family photo with the Delegation at the Ministerial Meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS at Bayan Palace in Kuwait City, Kuwait, February 13, 2018. (State Department photo)

Secretary Tillerson Addresses Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Ministerial

On February 13, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivered opening remarks at the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Ministerial in Kuwait City, Kuwait. The Secretary underscored gains the Coalition has made in its effort to defeat ISIS.

“It has been approximately three and a half years since the global coalition began its effort to defeat ISIS. At the time we started our efforts, ISIS/Daesh was thriving. Today, ISIS/Daesh is failed. Approximately 98 percent of the territory once held by ISIS in Iraq and Syria has been liberated. Approximately 3.2 million Syrians and 4.5 million Iraqis have been freed from the tyranny of ISIS. Over 3.2 million internally displaced Iraqis are now back home. ISIS’s leadership, online presence, and global network are under more pressure than ever.”

-Secretary Tillerson

Secretary Tillerson also emphasized that while the coalition has made outstanding progress, the fight is not over. In remarks during a press availability following the Ministerial, the Secretary said, “ISIS’s so-called caliphate in Iraq and Syria has crumbled, but ISIS remains a very determined enemy and is not yet defeated. We remain committed to destroying ISIS wherever it may be, denying its ability to recruit, move foreign terrorist fighters, transfer funds, and spread their false propaganda across the internet and other social media vehicles.”

The Secretary underscored that the enduring defeat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria will require sustained support for post-ISIS stabilization efforts by all Coalition members. The Secretary stated, “This means continuing to provide essential aid and services to communities which are only now starting to rebuild. It also includes the presence of effective forces to help secure liberated areas and facilitate the safe return of internally displaced persons.”

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