In a statement issued by The White House on Tuesday night, President Donald Trump’s administration made it clear that it will go after insurgent safe havens in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.
In a foreign policy document, the White House said: “President Trump’s conditions-based South Asia Strategy provides commanders with the authority and resources needed to deny terrorists the safe haven they seek in Afghanistan and Pakistan.”
The document also stated that “Trump will relentlessly pursue threats to America’s security, prioritizing efforts to confront and defeat radical Islamic terror and the ideology that sustains it.”
According to the statement Daesh has lost almost 100 percent of territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria and that “along with our partners, we will continue to pursue the thousands of ISIS (Daesh) fighters who remain at large.
“… we will not rest until we have achieved the enduring defeat of ISIS and decimated global jihadists and their networks.”
The statement noted that Trump’s foreign policy is putting the interests and security of the American people first adding that Trump is restoring American leadership in the Middle East, rebuilding relations with Israel and taking strong action to confront aggressors in the region.
It also stated that the Trump administration is confronting Iran’s destabilizing behavior and the threat of its nuclear program, working to fix the serious flaws in the Iran nuclear deal, and sanctioning dozens of Iranian officials and entities.
“The President is revitalizing the NATO alliance by successfully encouraging our partners to meet their defense spending commitments and share the burden of collective defense.
President Trump is pressing for reform at the United Nations, and will consider withholding funds to United Nations entities that perpetuate the dependency of millions.”
This statement came just hours after Trump delivered his State of the Union address in Washington DC on Tuesday and said US forces and their Afghan counterparts will engage in the war in the country with new rules and regulations.
He also announced that he had signed an executive order to keep Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba open.
This decision is a reversal of his predecessor president Barack Obama's policy.
"Today I'm keeping another promise. I just signed an order directing Secretary (James) Mattis... to reexamine our military detention policy and to keep open the detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay," Trump said in his speech.
"I am also asking the Congress to ensure that, in the fight against ISIS (Daesh) and al-Qaeda, we continue to have all necessary power to detain terrorists - wherever we chase them down."