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Obama Sends John Kerry to the Region

Obama Sends John Kerry to the Region

US President, Barack Obama, announced on Monday that his country had achieved great success in tracking and killing ISIS leaders to recapture lands seized by the terrorist organization. 
Obama confirmed that in total, the United States and its partners have dropped 9,000 bombs on ISIS. He added that the coalition has also launched ‘new attacks on their life line and has reduced the amount of territory it controls in Iraq by 40 percent.

The terror network has also ‘lost thousands of square miles of territory it once controlled in Syria,’ he said, ‘and it will lose more.’ 

After his meeting with the Pentagon, where they reviewed anti-ISIS strategy with army commanders, Obama announced he would be sending his Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to the Middle East to seek enhanced support from the countries in the region against ISIS.

Obama’s speech was made in the eve of the US Secretary of State’s flight to Moscow, aiming to gain Russia’s support for the peace plan in Syria and reducing its back up for the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Hours prior to the meeting, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov had agreed, over the phone, on the preconditions necessary for another meeting of world powers on Syria to be held in New York next Friday.