Tillerson calls on allies to focus on fighting Islamic State

SpaceWar.com reports: “US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged allies Tuesday to stay focused on fighting the Islamic State group, saying Turkey’s military offensive in northern Syria had ‘detracted’ from the anti-jihadist battle.

Tillerson spoke at a ministerial meeting in Kuwait of the US-led military coalition that has been fighting IS in Iraq and Syria, being held in parallel with a conference on reconstruction in Iraq.

The jihadist group has lost much of the territory it once controlled when it seized large swathes of Syria and neighbouring Iraq in 2014.

‘The end of major combat operations does not mean we have achieved the enduring defeat of ISIS,’ Tillerson said, using another acronym for IS.

‘ISIS remains a serious threat to the stability of the region, our homelands and other parts of the globe,’ he said…”

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