U.S. secretary of state vows to lead fight against ISIS despite withdrawal of troops

U.S. secretary of state vows to lead fight against ISIS despite withdrawal of troops

WASHINGTON — The U.S. will continue to lead the fight against Islamic State militants in the Middle East, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted Wedn

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. will continue to lead the fight against Islamic State militants in the Middle East, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted Wednesday — notwithstanding President Donald Trump‘s apparent impatience to get American soldiers out of Syria.Story continues below

Pompeo made the commitment as he kicked off the annual gathering of ministers, dignitaries and officials at the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, a 79-member group that includes Canada. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland was late to the party, missing the morning session and the midday group photo thanks to weather delays in Toronto.READ MORE: Will Trump keep his 2019 State of the Union promises? He didn’t keep many from last year“The drawdown of troops is essentially a tactical change — it is not a change in the mission,” Pompeo said in his opening remarks.“It does not change the structure, design, or authorities on which the campaign has been based. It simply represents a new stage in an old fight. The drawdown will be well-co-ordinated, and our policy priorities in Syria remain unchanged.”WATCH: U.S. urging allies to bring home foreign ISIS fighters

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