Trump: We've Achieved More Gains Against ISIS in Last 8 Months Than in ‘Many Years Combined’

By Melanie Arter | September 19, 2017 | 3:30 PM EDT

President Donald Trump addressed the UN general assembly on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 (Screenshot of White House video)

( – President Donald Trump told the United Nations general assembly on Tuesday that the United States has made more ground in the fight against ISIS during his administration than it has during the Obama administration.

“I have also totally changed the rules of engagement in our fight against the Taliban and other terrorist groups. In Syria and Iraq, we have made big gains toward lasting defeat of ISIS.  In fact, our country has achieved more against ISIS in the last eight months than it has in many, many years combined,” he said, referring to the Obama administration.


He said U.S. military strategy in the fight against terrorism in Afghanistan will be dictated by “security interests,” not benchmarks or timetables.

“Last month, I announced a new strategy for victory in the fight against this evil in Afghanistan.  From now on, our security interests will dictate the length and scope of military operations, not arbitrary benchmarks and timetables set up by politicians,” he said.

The president said he was “greatly honored to address the leaders of more than 50 Arab and Muslim nations” in Saudi Arabia in May.

“We agreed that all responsible nations must work together to confront terrorists and the Islamic extremism that inspires them. We will stop radical Islamic terrorism, because we cannot allow it to tear up our nation and indeed to tear up the entire world,” he said.

“We must deny the terrorists safe haven, transit, funding, and any form of support for their vile and sinister ideology. We must drive them out of our nations. It is time to expose and hold responsible those countries, whose support and finance terror groups like al Qaeda, Hezbollah, the Taliban, and others that slaughter innocent people,” Trump said.

“The United States and our allies are working together throughout the Middle East to crush the loser terrorists and stop the re-emergence of safe havens they use to launch attacks on all of our people,” he added.

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