US' Next Move to Fight ISIS: Establish 'Zones of Stability'


"While a more defined course of action in Syria is still coming together, I can say the United States will increase our pressure on ISIS [Islamic State] and al-Qaeda", Tillerson stated.

Secretary Tillerson's remarks and the March 9 Senate testimony of U.S. Central Command Commander Gen. Joseph Votel, who is tasked with overseeing military operations in Syria, indicate that conventional U.S. forces may be needed for a stabilization mission in Syria, which is indicative of the scale of the challenge that is staring the United States in the face in eastern Syria. But whether it's a matter of months or of years, stamping out the world's most threatening and widespread Islamist terrorist organization is likely to take much more of a long-term USA commitment than the new administration has so far suggested it wants to make, some regional experts say.

Many former generals, including some who fought in Iraq, have warned that the USA ability to do that work could be endangered by the budget cuts Tillerson is charged with implementing at the State Department.

Defeating Islamic State is the top US goal in the Middle East, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday at a gathering of the 68-member global coalition to defeat the terrorist group. We must ensure ISIS can not gain or maintain footholds in new regions of the world.

Interim Released for NEET Aspirants; Delhi HC Stays CBSE Orders
Now, the council has come up with another major decision of allowing students above 25 years of age to apply for NEET 2018 . However, Supreme Court had passed a judgment that students above 25 would be allowed to appear for this examination.

The meeting is the first of the global coalition since Iraqi government forces, backed by the US-led worldwide coalition, retook several Iraqi cities, including eastern Mosul, from ISIL a year ago.

The foreign ministers conference was the first-ever top-level gathering under the aegis of the Global Coalition on the Defeat of the ISIS. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson opened the proceedings by unequivocally stating that the ISIS threat would be the first priority of the new administration, and that in achieving that overarching objective, the United States would be invested in securing the stability of areas conquered from ISIS. "In Washington, we promised an extra 235 million euros to people in Iraq and Syria for humanitarian aid and stabilization", German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said, according to Sputnik.

The statement underlined the allies' "determination to intensify and accelerate ... efforts to eliminate ISIS" in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere, referring to the terrorist group with another acronym.

ISIL has been losing ground in both Iraq and Syria, and three separate forces, backed by the United States, Turkey and Russian Federation, are advancing on the group's Syrian stronghold of Raqqa. "The coalition must address the grievances that ISIS and similar groups have exploited to gain recruits by reassuring all Iraqis of their inclusion in a unified, federal Iraq", added Hicks.

Tillerson, Turkish Officials Discuss Plans to Defeat Islamic State
On both issues - Gulen and the YPG - Turkey had initially hoped the new administration would come around to see things its way. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited America's often nettlesome North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally for the first time.

James Jeffrey, the former U.S. ambassador to Iraq, says the foremost challenge after the fall of ISIS will be "the 20 million Sunni Arabs who live between Baghdad and Damascus".

US forces are keen that he not repeat the exploit of the late Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and hide out for years even after his group's last known strongholds have fallen.

He never offered details and so far has largely stuck with Obama's strategy, which centers on US-led or guided forces carrying out continual surveillance and strikes on militant targets, while training and equipping local forces to conduct ground combat and hold seized terrain.

U.S. Special Operations and conventional forces will operate Apache helicopters and wield artillery batteries in the offensive, U.S. officials said, and provide equipment to a joint Syrian force of Arabs and Kurds. "A digital caliphate must not flourish in the place of the physical one".

South Korea's Former Leader Park Arrested Over Bribery Scandal
A conviction for bribery alone has a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and maximum of life imprisonment in South Korea. The Seoul Central District Court issued the warrant at 3:03 a.m. following a hearing that lasted almost nine hours.

Tillerson also is expected to meet with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the coalition meeting. Such approaches make the essential task of building a broad coalition to defeat the global threat of ISIS more hard.