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Trump tells European countries to take back IS fighters

Trump tells European countries to take back IS fighters

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President Trump has told the UK and other European allies to take back and put on trial more than 800 Islamic State (IS) group fighters captured in the final battle against the group. His tweet comes as US-backed Kurdish forces continue an assault on the last pocket of IS territory on the Syrian side of the Iraqi border. The IS fighters are being held by the Kurdish-led forces. Mr Trump added that the IS caliphate was "ready to fall." Islamic State conflict 'Many civilians' still trapped with IS "The US does not want to watch as these ISIS fighters permeate Europe, which is where they are expected to go. We do so much, and spend so much - Time for others to step up and do the job that they are so capable of doing", he said in a ...
100% of IS caliphate to be reclaimed next week – Trump

100% of IS caliphate to be reclaimed next week – Trump

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By David Mercer, news reporter US President Donald Trump has said he expects to announce that 100% of the Islamic State (IS) caliphate has been reclaimed next week.He said the US-led coalition fighting the militant group had "liberated virtually all of the territory previously held by ISIS in Syria and Iraq". "It should be formally announced sometime, probably next week, that we will have 100% of the caliphate," Mr Trump told a meeting of coalition members in Washington."But I want to wait for the official word. I don't want to say it too early." F...
Trump sees total rout of Islamic State group as imminent

Trump sees total rout of Islamic State group as imminent

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US President Donald Trump has said territory held by the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq could be "100%" liberated as early as next week."It should be announced, probably some time next week, that we will have 100% of the caliphate," he told a gathering of coalition partners.However, he also cautioned that he wanted to "wait for the official word".Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pledged the US would continue to fight IS, despite withdrawing troops from Syria. Trump rewrites US Syria policy After the caliphate: Has IS been defeated? Mr Trump shocked coalition allies in December when he declared that the group had been defeated, amid reports he wanted to pull out US soldiers within 30 days.But he later slowed the withdrawal af...
Trump: U.S.-N. Korea summit to be held in Vietnam Feb. 27-28

Trump: U.S.-N. Korea summit to be held in Vietnam Feb. 27-28

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Feb. 6 -- U.S. President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will be held in Vietnam Feb. 27-28 with the talks to center on dismantling Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program. The date and venue had been shrouded in secrecy as the two countries negotiated the next steps following a vague denuclearization deal reached at their first summit in Singapore in June. "Much work remains to be done, but my relationship with Kim Jong-un is a good one," Trump said during his State of the Union address. "Chairman Kim and I will meet again on February 27 and 28 in Vietnam," he said, stopping short of revealing the city. The announcement came shortly after Washington's nuclear envoy, Stephen Biegun, arrived in Pyongyang to prepare for the next summit....
Venezuela's Maduro says he's ready to negotiate as Trump calls Guaidó

Venezuela's Maduro says he's ready to negotiate as Trump calls Guaidó

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Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela's embattled president, told Russian state media he's ready to negotiate with the country's opposition and claimed he's in talks to set up international mediation to help resolve the crisis. But hours later, his offer was rejected by opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who said he would only engage in dialogue with the "real holders of power" in the country and said Maduro was the only person responsible for the humanitarian crisis in the country. Guaidó, the president of the National Assembly who was sworn in as interim president last week among thousands of supporters, addressed crowds again Wednesday at a hospital in Caracas. Thousands of people joined his call for national protests, taking to the streets in a national walkout, and supporters cheered...