Pompeo says ISIS fight shifting to Africa

Video Credit: Reuters Studio
Published on November 15, 2019 - Duration: 02:21s

Pompeo says ISIS fight shifting to Africa

The global coalition to defeat Islamic State is turning its attention to combating the group in North and West Africa, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday.

Zachary Goelman reports.

Advertisement

Pompeo says ISIS fight shifting to Africa

Despite the demise of its leader and the loss of its self-proclaimed caliphate, Islamic State remains deadly threat.

That was the message Thursday at a meeting of the global coalition to defeat ISIS, where U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the fight had shifted from the Middle East to Africa.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO, SAYING: "Recently we agreed at the working level that West Africa and the Sahel would be preferred initial area of focus for the coalition outside of the ISIS core space, and with good reason.

ISIS is outpacing the ability of regional government and international partners to address that threat." Earlier this month Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack on army base in Mali that killed 53 soldiers.

This week the leaders of Africa's so-called G5 - Chad, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali and Mauritania - met in Paris and requested more help from the international community to maintain security in the region.

(SOUNDBITE) (French) PRESIDENT OF CHAD, IDRISS DEBY, SAYING (NOVEMBER 12, 2019): "The question that we ask: why are the joint forces of G5 of the Sahel not yet operational?

[FLASH] All the more so, when other forces are better equipped than our armies.

There you see the difference." Groups claiming affiliation with ISIS stretch from Afghanistan to Nigeria.

Pompeo's warning about the continued threat comes a day after President Donald Trump crowed about his success in defeating the group.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING (WEDNESDAY): "When I became president, ISIS was all over the place.

I had no idea to the extent.

In fact, it was shown to me about a month ago.

We came in, it was a mess.

We took over 100 percent of the caliphate.

And last week, as you know, we killed its leader and its founder.

And we're very proud of that fact." Despite Trump's assessment, the campaign against ISIS hit a setback last month when Turkish forces attacked Kurdish fighters in Syria.

The Kurds were holding thousands of captured Islamic State militants, including their families, some of whom were able to escape during the fighting and have yet to be recaptured.

Some of the ISIS captives are from Europe and the U.S. Pompeo on Thursday said it was now crucial for coalition partners to repatriate captured ISIS members and their relatives.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE, MIKE POMPEO, SAYING: "Coalition members must take back the thousand of foreign terrorist fighters in custody and impose accountability for the atrocities that they have perpetrated." He also said partner nations needed to contribute funds to help restore infrastructure and services in Iraq so that millions of citizens displaced by fighting can return home.

You are here


πŸ’‘ One News Page Knowledge: Other News Mentions

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

Salafi jihadist terrorist and militant group
Votes are being counted in Burkina Faso after Sunday’s presidential and legislative elections, where threats of extremist violence linked to al-Qaida and the..
3 days ago • WorldNews
KABUL, Afghanistan β€” Mortars slammed into a residential area of the Afghan capital, killing eight people Saturday, hours before outgoing U.S. Secretary of..
5 days ago • WorldNews
Although the Islamic State extremist group is battered and scattered, it cannot be fully defeated until the world finds a way to reconcile and resettle the..
1 week ago • New Zealand Herald
The religious minority group suffered harsh persecution under Islamic State (IS) group control.
Credit: BBC News - Published 1 week ago


Mike Pompeo

70th U.S. Secretary of State and former director of the C.I.A.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohamed Al-Sabah in Washington as Kuwait, one of the world's wealthiest countries,..
Credit: USATODAY.com - Published 2 days ago

AMMAN: Palestinian officials have downplayed the effectiveness of a statement by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during his recent visit to Israeli settlements..
3 days ago • WorldNews

Donald Trump

45th president of the United States
Monday seemed like the end of President Donald Trump's relentless challenges to the election result, after the federal government acknowledged President-elect..
7 minutes ago • New Zealand Herald
The Trump administration is warning of being on the "cusp" of a "major influx" of unauthorized migration of children to the U.S. southern border.
Credit: CBS News - Published 3 hours ago

President Donald Trump'sΒ annual Thanksgiving proclamation calls for Americans to "gather" for the holiday.
Credit: USATODAY.com - Published 4 hours ago

The U.S. suffered its deadliest day in the coronavirus pandemic in more than six months. Also, President Trump has pardoned his former adviser Michael Flynn. All..
Credit: CBS News - Published 4 hours ago

Donald Trump is clearly angry -- enraged -- which is the only explanation for the revenge he seems to want to exact on the American people, because he's goosing..
Credit: TMZ.com - Published 4 hours ago


Middle East

region that encompasses Western Asia and Egypt
For many U.S. service members deployed in the Middle East, there'll be no festive Thanksgiving lunch on Thursday. Instead, they're practicing strict social..
Credit: CBS News - Published 5 hours ago

Minnesota siblings Zerick and Petroula always talk to their Ring doorbell camera – because they know their dad, who is in the Army and deployed in the Middle..
Credit: CBS News - Published 1 day ago

BAGHDAD -- Iran has instructed allies across the Middle East to be on high alert and avoid provoking tensions with the U.S. that could give an outgoing Trump..
5 days ago • WorldNews



Nigeria

Federal republic in West Africa
The Nigerian Army admits giving soldiers live ammunition during protests in October. A pro-democracy activist from Hong Kong is in custody. Former French..
Credit: CBS News - Published 3 days ago

LAGOS/ABUJA: Nigeria has slipped into a recession after its gross domestic product contracted for the second consecutive quarter, according to data released on..
5 days ago • WorldNews
The Basketball Africa League president told CBS News he believes that number will only grow moving forward.
Credit: CBS News - Published 1 week ago


You might like