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Kris Jenner McFarland is with the National League of cities hosting this live program at the league headquarters in Washington DC and that panel that you just heard just finish up included Kim heart of axis as the moderator Dan Gil Martin from the Michigan municipal league Juan Garza is mayor pro tem of bellflower California Hey Melanie Herzog budget director out of New York City says you to press reporting today house intelligence committee chair Adam Schiff says president trump administration is building a powerful case for impeachment as a former White House national security adviser defied a subpoena on Monday Charles Kupperman failed to show up for scheduled deposition after asking a federal court in Washington for guidance on whether he was legally required to do so congressman Schiff says Cup men's suit has no basis in law and president Donald Trump today said that he is considering releasing portions of the video of the US military raid that led to the death over the weekend ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi today at the Pentagon there was a briefing with more details on that with the defense secretary mark asked for and the chair of the joint chiefs of staff this runs about ten minutes fifteen minutes one as president trump announced yesterday United States and joint special operations forces conducted a successful raid on Saturday night resulting in the death of Abu Bakar al Baghdadi the founder and leader of ISIS this operation was the culmination of a multi year inter agency effort to find him and then capture or kill him Baghdadi and the thugs who follow him responsible for some of the most brutal atrocities of our time his death marks a devastating blow for the remnants of isis who are now deprived other inspirational leader following the destruction other physical caliphate earlier this year I want to thank our brave service members who took part in this daring raid along with our interagency partners who support the mission there's no guarantee of success in an operation with this level of difficulty and president trump knew this when he made the bold decision to order the raid confident in the expertise of our forces our service members conducted themselves with incredible skill and professionalism and execute the rate in all those facets brilliantly a single United States service member was killed in this high risk operation despite Baghdad's death the security situation in Syria remains complex multiple state and non state actors continue to vie for control of territory and resources within the country as we have our from our recent history in the Middle East it is very easy to get drawn into continue conflict if our objectives are not clear acting as a police force out to solve every dispute is not our mission our mission in Syria today remains the same as it was when we first began operations in twenty fourteen to enable the indoor and defeat of isis a recent repositioning of forces within the country is intended departure us to continue this mission and give the president options while returning the balance back on to United States those who remain will continue to execute tattered counterterrorism operations while staying in close contact with the Syrian democratic forces who fought alongside us additionally the United States retain control of oil fields in northeast area at the height of Baghdad is rain these oil fields provided ISIS with the bulk of financial resources used to fund its terror US troops to remain position in a strategic area to deny ISIS access those vital to those my resources and we'll respond with overwhelming military force against any group that threatens the safety of our forces there these oil fields also provide a critical source of funding to the S. the S. which enables our ability to secure ISIS prison camps and conduct operations against ISIS among other things last week I was in Brussels for the NATO defense ministerial and I spoke with our allies about the situation in Syria I reiterated our commitment to the defeat of isis and called on other nations who have much at stake to offer their support to help mitigate the ongoing security crisis Turkey continues to bear responsibility for the consequences of their unwarranted incursion which is brought further instability to the region a number of allies have expressed their desire to help with the implementation of a safe zone along the Syria Turkey border the United States remained focused on our core mission and continue to work closely with the defeat ISIS coalition as we implement the next phase of the campaign Baghdad is death will not read the world of terrorism or and the ongoing conflict in Syria but it will certainly send a message to those we question America's resolve and provide a warning to terrorists who think they can hide the United States more than any other nation in the world possesses the power and the will to hunt two to the ends of the earth those who wish to bring harm upon the American people charities operation is just one example of the incredible determination and great skill of the United States military I now ask general really to broad you with some additional details on the operation thank you good afternoon everyone as secretary as for stated the United States special operations forces under the command control of United States Central Command general Frank mackenzie conducted a counter terrorism operation which resulted in the death of the founder and leader of ISIS I'm a Barker Baghdadi intelligence from numerous organizations throughout the department of defense and across the entire interagency identify the target location approximately four miles from the Turkish border in Italy province of Syria in order to reduce the risk to US forces and prevent miscalculation an escalation an action consistent with operations in the past we coordinated with appropriate militaries and other organizations in the region through established the complexion mechanisms during the mission US forces were infiltrated by helicopter and once on the objective secure the target compound the assault force was engages small arms fire and the threats were quickly eliminated our forces us isolated the compound in protected all the non combatants while clearing the objective US forces discovered al Baghdadi hiding in a tunnel itself force close in on Baghdad and ended when he detonated a suicide vest Baghdad is remains were then transported to a secure facility to confirm his identity with forensic DNA testing and dispose of his remains is been done in this complaint it was handled appropriately the success of this complex operation is an incredible testament to the professionalism of the men and women of joint force in our interagency partners in the courage and bravery they put themselves in harm's way time and time again to protect our great country the second I will now take your questions this is a repair she spread radio programming from Monday WCS thank you yeah you mentioned the of the oil fields and securing the oil fields in the east yeah has the deployment of reinforcements are you an ounce last week to be done and could you describe more fully with that we can tend to do that we have begun deploying repositioning additional assets into the vicinity of dar ours are what as I said the other day includes mechanized forces and other types of forces that will continue until we believe we have sufficient capability to ensure isis and other destabilizing actors are denied access to that that will facility as a quick follow very had any indications of any challenges to your presence there or not at this time at the Pentagon CCM radio WCS PFM Washington moments and also are you partnering with the Kurds again on the ground can you explain how difficult this operation would have been if you didn't have troops are bases on on the ground in Syria and Iraq well we do a video photos when I print this time to release those other going through declassification process I think what you'll see here in the coming days will set up a some operational tactical level three things by Central Command and you'll be provided some video and and photos X. center of that to carry out this operation if you don't have troops on the ground it from an operational standpoint United States military can strike any target anywhere anytime yeah I was gonna say the same thing we have incredible reach week we can strike anybody anytime anywhere the terrorists should be aware of that they should have seen it now after us doing this multiple times and with regard your question regarding the STF we stay in continuous contact with them.

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