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Putting together a holistic solution to defeat Islamic State: White House

world Updated: May 31, 2017 08:47 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Islamic State,White House,Terrorism

Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) ride on a tank during a battle with Islamic State militants, at Um Jaris village on the Iraqi border with Syria.(REUTERS)

The White House has said the Trump administration’s national security team is putting together a “holistic solution” to defeat Islamic State.

“When that strategy is complete, we’ll have something for you on it,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters yesterday at his daily news conference, the first after the return of President Donald Trump from his maiden overseas trip.

The White House press secretary also said the Afghan strategy review is still underway.

“On the Afghanistan review, he (Trump) is still reviewing that from the Department of Defense,” he said.

Spicer said the “common thread” of his overseas sojourn was terrorism and national security.

“He wants to defeat terrorism.Throughout the trip, that was the common thread -- that uniting the Muslim world, talking about it with (Israeli) Prime Minister (Benjamin) Netanyahu, talking about it even with the Pope, that wherever he went on this nine-day trip, protecting our country, protecting the world’s people was at the front of that discussion,” Spicer said.

First Published: May 31, 2017 08:47 IST