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Donald Trump

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The US President Donald trump has informed on Tuesday in American law the leaders of the Senate and house of representatives on counter terrorism operations against the group “Islamic state”* (IG) al Qaeda* and the Taliban*, which is carried out abroad, the Armed forces of the United States. The text of the letter was circulated by the press service of the White house.

The document States that the U.S. continues operations against ISIS,* “al-Qaeda”*, Taliban*, and associated groups in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti and Niger. In addition, trump advised the leadership of the Congress that American military personnel are part of peacekeeping forces and military observer missions in the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt and in the Serbian province of Kosovo, helping in the fight against terrorism the government of the Philippines, and stationed at the naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The letter notes that the operations in Syria and Iraq, “which the United States was conducted with the support of numerous foreign partners which helped to undermine the ability of the IG*”. “A small presence of U.S. forces remains in the strategically important areas in Syria to carry out operations and ensure the security of critical oil infrastructure,” the President added.

Trump also mentioned in the letter of the operation in Iraq, which killed the commander of the Iranian special forces “al-Quds” Islamic revolutionary guard Corps (IRGC) General Qassem Soleimani, reports TASS. He again claimed that the US action was undertaken “in response to a series of growing attacks from Iran and Iranian-backed militias on U.S. forces and interests in the Middle East.”

Regarding the situation in Afghanistan, the document emphasizes that “the United States has taken significant steps for peace in Afghanistan, by signing an agreement with the Taliban*, which had been coordinated with the government of national unity of Afghanistan.” “These agreements represent an important step towards durable peace in the new Afghanistan and pave the way for the end of the war in Afghanistan”, – stated in the text. Meanwhile, as noted in the letter, U.S. forces in Afghanistan “conduct and support counter-terrorism operations against “al-Qaeda”* and IG*”.

It is also noted that the United States has increased its presence in Kenya, “after the attack in January 2020 on U.S. forces in Manda Bay”.

“Now it is impossible to pinpoint a specific duration of deployment of the Armed forces of the United States, which is necessary or will be necessary in the future to counter terrorist threats to the United States,” the letter reads.

*”Islamic state” (IG), al-Qaeda, the Taliban terrorist group banned in Russia.