Global Coalition to Defeat IS to Meet in Washington Next Week

Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat IS, Brett McGurk.


Washington, 11 Shawwal 1438/6 July 5 207 (MINA) – The US will host next week in the nation’s capital senior leaders of the Global Coalition to Defeat the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (IS) to discuss ways to intensify pressure to defeat IS, KUNA reported, citing US State Deparment on Wednesday.

The State Department said in a statement that Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat (IS) Brett McGurk will be hosting the senior leaders, where on July 11, the Coalition’s Working Groups on Counter Finance, Foreign Terrorist Fighters, Stabilization Support and Communications will meet individually “to assess the campaign and discuss ways to intensify pressure on (IS) in each of these critical areas.”

It added on July 12, the full 72-member Coalition will meet “for in-depth discussions on how to accelerate Coalition efforts to defeat (IS) in the remaining areas it holds in Iraq and Syria, and maximize pressure globally on its branches, affiliates, and networks.”

It indicated that the Coalition’s Small Group will meet on July 13 “to synthesize the previous days’ meetings and discuss priorities to build on the progress in Mosul and Raqqa to set (IS) on an irreversible and lasting path to defeat.”

The Small Group has also invited representatives from a number of African countries, the African Union, and the Multi National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) to attend a special session about the (IS) threat in the Lake Chad Basin region in West Africa, according to the statement.

“These meetings are taking place at a key moment in the coordinated fight and will help shape the combined efforts to destroy (IS),” the statement stressed, where “through Coalition support, Mosul is on the verge of liberation by the Iraqi Security Forces, and the Syrian Democratic Forces have taken the fight against (IS) directly to Raqqa.

It affirmed that as IS “is defeated on the battlefield, the Coalition will continue to increase its stabilization efforts to facilitate the voluntary return home of those who have been displaced by the violence.” (T/RS5/RS1)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)