The 68-nation US-led coalition against the Islamic State group will meet in Washington on Wednesday to accelerate efforts to destroy the remaining jihadist strongholds in Iraq and Syria.
US President Donald Trump has ordered his generals to come up with an accelerated strategy to “eradicate” the group’s so-called caliphate, and allied ministers are keen to hear more.
And it is also an occasion for Trump’s discreet new secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, to emerge from the shadows and stamp his authority on the diplomatic side of the joint effort.
But eyebrows have been raised by Trump’s plan to slash 28 percent from the State Department’s budget for diplomacy and foreign aid, suggesting fewer resources for post-conflict stabilization.
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