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Islamic State not fully defeated: Tillerson

IANS  |  Cairo 

of State on Tuesday said that the Islamic State (IS) terror organization was not yet fully defeated and continued to pose a danger to the region despite losing 98 per cent of its territory in and

Tillerson, in a speech broadcast on Kuwaiti state television, stressed that the US was working with its international coalition partners to reinforce military successes against the IS, noting that it was necessary to secure liberated areas to avoid the terror group's return.

Tillerson made the remarks at a meeting in with Foreign Ministers from participating countries in the anti-IS coalition, held on the sidelines of a donor conference in the Kuwaiti capital for the reconstruction of

The said on Monday it would need an estimated $88.2 billion for reconstruction, according to the of Iraq's planning ministry,

The had announced the country's total liberation from the IS in December, but the terror organization still controls some pockets of territory in neighboring

Regarding Syria, Tillerson pledged that will offer $200 million to support efforts to stabilize the Arab country.

He said that the US will continue to support the militias with which collaborates in Syria, referring to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, stressing that his country will ensure that these groups operate professionally.

Tillerson added that the US fully understands the security concerns of Turkey, which began a military offensive last month into against US-backed Kurdish militias in the northern region of Afrin.

The of State is scheduled to travel to in the coming days, as part of a tour that began on Sunday night in and will also include stops in and



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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 20:34 IST