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Monday, August 07, 2017

State Dept.: Trump Policies Brought 'Dramatic' Gains Against ISIS

Aggressive steps taken by the Trump administration have brought "dramatically accelerated" gains against the Islamic State in the last six months, a top State Department official said.

Brett McGurk, senior envoy to the U.S.-backed coalition, told reporters Friday that actions taken by President Donald Trump — including pushing decision-making down to field commanders — has resulted in about 8,000 square miles being reclaimed in Iraq and Syria.

McGurk's comments were reported by The Washington Post.

McGurk, who held the same position in the Obama White House, cited "key changes" under President Trump that have brought about the ISIS changes.

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