Douglas Ollivant, previous Iraq director at the National Security Council under President’s George W. Bush and Barack Obama, stated on Friday that the Islamic State (ISIS) is beat and President Donald Trump has a “strong strategy” and is on the “ideal course” to challenge the remaining horror risk.
After playing a soundbite from the president saying that even if the U.S. withdraws troops from Syria, they will remain in Iraq, National Public Radio (NPR)’s David Greene pressed Ollivant about Trump’s claim that ISIS has actually been beat.
” Well, they have actually been defeated,” Ollivant said. “We utilize some different terms here in military speak. Beat means you can’t do what you were attempting to do in the past.”
” So ISIS is defeated in the sense that there is no– physical caliphate is the word that Brett McGurk utilizes,” Ollivant stated. “I think we all know what that meant.”
McGurk was the special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter ISIS, appointed throughout the Obama administration.
Ollivant said ISIS no longer manages any territory in the Middle East.
” That has now shrunk to basically nothingness. So in that sense, yes, they’re defeated,” Ollivant said, adding that ISIS is still a threat operating worldwide, including Europe and the United States, independent of the caliphate.
” That center level, that core, the physical caliphate is gone,” Ollivant said. “And so I believe to state that they are defeated because sense holds true.”
The Pentagon has firmly insisted for months that a U.S.-backed union primarily including Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection System (YPG/YPJ) fighters have taken control of 98 percent of the previous Islamic State “caliphate.”
Contrary to Ollivant’s claim, however, ISIS jihadi veterans have actually started consolidating in other parts of the Middle East and North Africa, the majority of plainly in Libya. Professionals have actually forecasted there is a substantial threat of ISIS re-establishing a caliphate amid the political chaos in Libya. This week, ISIS declared an attack on the Libyan Foreign Ministry in Tripoli.
Greene, a longtime press reporter and host at the leftist, taxpayer-funded NPR, pushed Ollivant about Trump’s technique going forward.
” So what do you make from the president’s strategy here?” Greene asked. “If they’ve been physically beat, is it an excellent relocate to move these 2,000 troops out of Syria? Does that still offer the United States the capability to pursue sort of the brand-new ISIS in 2019?”
” Well, I think so,” Ollivant stated. “The troops in Syria were beginning to transition to other objectives. We were starting to worry more about securing the Syrian Kurds from the Turks and countering Iranian impact inside Syria, which may or might not be essential objectives– we can debate them– however is not combating ISIS.”
” We have task forces all over the place in bases all over who can forecast power throughout the areas,” Ollivant stated. “It’s not as if we’re now helpless and emasculated due to the fact that 2,200 soldiers are leaving Syria.”
” So are you positive, taking a look at what the Trump administration has done so far in the fight versus ISIS, that they are doing all they can to safeguard us, safeguard the United States from potential attacks and prospective threats from this group?” Greene asked.
Ollivant stated the president’s plan represents “a kind of connection of federal government” in between the Obama and Trump administrations.
” However yes, I believe we have a pretty solid strategy for dealing with ISIS. ISIS, at least now in Iraq and Syria, is no longer actually a military issue,” Ollivant said. “It’s an intelligence service problem. It’s a cops issue. It’s a special forces issue, however it’s no longer an issue that provides itself to weapons and even airstrikes for the a lot of part.”
” I have some issues with the method it came about, but … in terms of the policy itself, yes. I believe this is probably the ideal course,” Ollivant said.
As Breitbart News reported, the Pentagon validated Trump’s announcement about troops leaving Syria:
In a statement sent to Breitbart News through e-mail, Dana White, the chief spokesperson at the Pentagon, declared:
The union has liberated the ISIS-held area, however the campaign against ISIS is not over. We have actually begun the procedure of returning U.S. troops house from Syria as we transition to the next stage of the project. For force protection and functional security factors, we will not provide more details. We will continue working with our partners and allies to beat ISIS wherever it runs.
Trump also informed an NPR press reporter recently that he has no strategies at this time to withdraw troops from Iraq.
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