US determined to continue fight against “Islamic extremism” — Pompeo

WASHINGTON, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reiterated Thursday that the US administration is “determined to keep the American people safe,” and continue the fight against “radical Islamic extremism.” “This administration is determined to — push back against the threat from radical Islamic extremism wherever we find it, whether it’s in western Iraq or Syria – northeast Syria in particular – Asia,” Pompeo said in an interview with the “Wichita Eagle” in Kansas City.

He warned “wherever we find bad actors who are seeking to impose harm on the American people, this administration will seriously deal with it.” He stressed that “the word of the United States is much more respected today than it was just two and a half years ago.” “What the President said he would do, he did it. I see that all across the world. We make clear the things that we will do. We also make clear the things that we’re not prepared to do,” he noted.

Asked if he was “comfortable” with the lifting of sanctions on Turkey, Pompeo said, “Yes, I recommended that to the President,” saying “now we’re in the permanent ceasefire phase, and we’ll watch, we’ll monitor.” “Our sanctions were put in place to convince the Turkish leadership that it was in their best interest to halt that operation, to stop the death, to stop the killing that would have taken place, and now we’ll monitor it,” he remarked.

He reiterated that “in the event that the Turkish Government decides to go a different direction, the capacity to put those economic sanctions back in place remains.” For his part, Trump tweeted he “really enjoyed” his conversation with SDF General Commander Mazloum Abdi, saying that Abdi “appreciates what we have done, and I appreciate what the Kurds have done.” “Perhaps it is time for the Kurds to start heading to the Oil Region!” he remarked.

“The oil fields discussed in my speech on Turkey/Kurds yesterday were held by (IS) until the United States took them over with the help of the Kurds,” he said, vowing, “We will never let a reconstituted (IS) have those fields.”

Source: Kuwait New Agency