On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will begin hosting the first anti-ISIS coalition meeting since President Trump took office. Delegates and foreign ministers from sixty-eight nations are in attendance with important decisions to make about the future of anti-ISIS military efforts around the world for the U.S.-led coalition.
President Trump vowed to make the destruction of ISIS a centerpiece of his administration, already directing Secretary of Defense James Mattis and other federal agencies to submit a plan for the total defeat of the terrorist organization this past January.
ISIS has suffered a number of strategic defeats in recent months, and efforts are ongoing to root ISIS out of Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, as well as the self-proclaimed ISIS capital of Raqqa in Syria. Iraqi forces have retaken a number of important locations, to include East Mosul, since the last coalition meeting of this sort.
In a meeting on Monday between President Trump and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the American president once again reaffirmed his commitment to defeating ISIS all over the world, but also addressed the need to “promote a broad-based political and economic partnership based in the Strategic Framework Agreement,” in order to loosen any remaining cultural grip the terrorist group might retain over the people of Iraq.