Vice President Mike Pence declared the Islamic State “defeated” in remarks on the State Division Wednesday delivered simply hours after the phobia group claimed credit score for a lethal suicide bombing that killed a number of U.S. service members.
“The caliphate has crumbled and ISIS has been defeated,” Pence mentioned throughout an deal with to the International Chiefs of Mission Convention on the State Division.
Vice President Pence now: “Thx to the management of this CIC and the braveness and sacrifice of our armed forces we’re now really capable of start handy off the battle in opposition to ISIS in Syria…We’re bringing our troops dwelling. The caliphate has crumbled and ISIS has been defeated.” pic.twitter.com/mQH0c1GSu1
— Alan He (@alanhe) January 16, 2019
Pence celebrated victory over ISIS hours after a coalition spokesman confirmed experiences that an unspecified number of American troops were killed in a suicide bombing Wednesday whereas patrolling the northern Syrian metropolis of Manbij. Reuters, citing a U.S. official, reported that 4 U.S. troops had been killed and not less than 4 others had been injured within the blast.
ISIS claimed accountability for the assault on its official propaganda web site, Amaq.
Pence didn’t point out the assault throughout his remarks on the State Division however his spokeswoman confirmed earlier than his deal with that he was conscious it had occurred. He did, nonetheless, vow that U.S. troops would stay within the area to to“insure that ISIS doesn’t rear its ugly head once more.”
Reached for remark, Pence’s spokeswoman supplied a press release condemning the suicide bombing and reiterating that the ISIS caliphate has been “crushed.”
“President Trump and I condemn the terrorist assault in Syria that claimed American lives and our hearts are with the family members of the fallen. We honor their reminiscence and we’ll always remember their service and sacrifice,” the assertion reads. “Because of the braveness of our Armed Forces, we’ve crushed the ISIS caliphate and devastated its capabilities. As we start to deliver our troops dwelling, the American individuals may be assured, for the sake of our troopers, their households, and our nation, we’ll by no means enable the remnants of ISIS to reestablish their evil and murderous caliphate – not now, not ever.”
The bombing marked the primary time ISIS had taken credit score for an assault on coalition forces since President Trump introduced the speedy withdrawal of troops from Syria after a name with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan final month.
The lack of American life by the hands of ISIS will possible bolster critics of the U.S. troop withdrawal, who’ve identified that whereas the group’s territorial holdings have been eroded, roughly 30,000 of its fighters stay within the area.