Pompeo reassures allies of US commitment to defeat ISIL

Al Jazeera 

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday reassured coalition partners that the withdrawal of US troops from Syria was not "the end of America's fight" and called on them to help permanently defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) in Syria and Iraq. "The US troops withdrawing from Syria is not the end of America's fight. The fight is one we will continue to wage alongside you," Pompeo said, addressing foreign ministers and other senior officials from 79 countries that have worked alongside the US in fighting the armed group in Syria and Iraq. Despite US President Donald Trump declaring "mission accomplished" in December, Pompeo said the troop withdrawal is "essentially a tactical change ... not a change in the mission". "It simple represents a new stage in an old fight," Pompeo said, adding that although progress has been made in defeating ISIL, the group remains a dangerous threat.