Trump gives generals 30 days for new anti-ISIS strategy

Posted February 01, 2017

"For those reasons I am directing my Administration to develop a comprehensive plan to defeat ISIS..."

But U.S. officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, doubt the country's military will advocate fundamentally changing a key strategy refined during the Obama administration: relying on local forces to do most of the fighting, and dying, in Syria and Iraq.

Trump had spoken about implementing a new plan to defeat the Islamic State, also called ISIS, at a campaign appearance in North Carolina in September.

On Saturday, Trump also called for a reorganization of the National Security Council and Homeland Security Council.

Abu Musab was finishing his night shift at an ISIS checkpoint in Raqqa early on November 9 when the friend who came to replace him told him the result of the U.S. election with a hysterical laugh.

On the campaign trial, Trump frequently warned of the spread of ISIS, and promised to "knock the hell out of" the group if elected.

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The order calls for the combined experts to recommend any changes needed to USA rules of engagement or other policy restrictions, to identify new coalition partners and to suggest mechanisms for choking off Islamic State funding sources.

"ISIL has a large cadre of Western fighters who could potentially serve as operatives for attacks in the West", Brennan said, using an alternate acronym for the Islamic State. But he avoided talking about specifics of any plan to combat the radical group. Mr. Trump vowed to defeat ISIS/Daesh during the campaign. "Both President Trump and President Putin are hopeful that after today's call the two sides can move quickly to tackle terrorism and other important issues of mutual concern".

"As we prepare our budget request for Congress, and I think Congress is going to be very happy to see it, our military strength will be questioned by no one, but neither will our dedication to peace", he said. He routinely criticized the Obama administration's tactics against the terror group.

This follows an initial executive order signed by President Donald Trump placing a temporary ban on seven Muslim-dominant countries with Iraq being one of them.

"The presidents have spoken in favor of establishing a real coordination between the USA and Russian actions in order to defeat ISIS and other terrorist organizations in Syria", the Kremlin statement said.

Trump has signed a raft of other executive orders in the past few days, including a controversial ban on refugees entering the United States and a temporary ban on allowing individuals from seven mostly Middle Eastern nations, even some legal residents, to enter the US.