BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – The U.K. Foreign Office said on Wednesday evening that the battle against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terror group was far from over, despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s comments.
“The Global Coalition against Daesh has made huge progress. Since military operations began, the Coalition and its partners in Syria and Iraq have recaptured the vast majority of Daesh territory and important advances have been made in recent days in the last area of eastern Syria which Daesh has occupied.
But much remains to be done and we must not lose sight of the threat they pose. Even without territory, Daesh will remain a threat,” the UK Foreign Office said in a statement.
The statement noted that the United States had made clear that these developments in Syria would not result in the end of the operations of the US-led international coalition.
“We will continue to work with members of the Coalition on achieving this. We remain committed to the Global Coalition and the campaign to deny Daesh territory and ensure its enduring defeat, working alongside our critical regional partners in Syria and beyond.
As the situation on the ground develops, we will continue to discuss how we achieve these aims with our Coalition partners, including the US.
This Government will continue to do what is necessary to protect the British people and our allies and partners,” the statement pointed out.
It is not clear whether or not the British Army would be pulling out of Syria; however, with the U.S. military withdrawing from the country, it is difficult to imagine the U.K. not following suit.