Let me start by congratulating the Iraqi Security Forces on their recent successes as they drive ISIS out of Iraq. On Sunday, the prime minister raised the Iraqi flag on the border at Al-Qa'im, another milestone in the defeat of ISIS as a physical caliphate.
On the afternoon of October 14, 2017, two bombs exploded in downtown Mogadishu. The first and larger of the two bombs, a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device, killed and injured hundreds of people, leveled two city blocks, collapsed nearby buildings, and left an enormous crater near one of the city’s major intersections.
Today, the National Day for the Victims of Communism, marks 100 years since the Bolshevik Revolution took place in Russia. The Bolshevik Revolution gave rise to the Soviet Union and its dark decades of oppressive communism, a political philosophy incompatible with liberty, prosperity, and the dignity of human life.
When Iraqi and coalition forces pushed into Mosul, fleeing ISIS fighters left behind hundreds of deadly improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Some of these IEDs were laid to limit access to water systems and other key infrastructure, while others were designed to thwart rebuilding efforts. Still other IEDs were clearly intended to terrorize Iraqi families returning to their homes: explosives rigged to light switches and water taps, hidden in household appliances, buried under debris, and even left behind in children’s toys.
Ms. Mary Beth Polly: Hi. Thank you everyone for joining us today. We’re also very grateful to Ambassador Hagerty for giving us some time after a very busy couple of days with President Trump in Japan.
The United States condemns the Maduro regime’s increasing disrespect for democracy and fundamental human rights in Venezuela.
WASHINGTON— Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke announced her decision to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Nicaragua with a delayed effective date of 12 months to allow for an orderly transition before the designation terminates on January 5, 2019.
After years of delays, the independent elections commission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) published a timeline for the country’s long overdue elections. The United States will work with the international community to help the DRC meet this timeline, and we stand ready to ensure President Kabila abides by his commitments in line with the constitution and the December 31 Agreement.
The President's three overriding objectives for the entire trip -- and this is the longest trip by an American President to Asia in more than a quarter of a century -- is, first, to strengthen international resolve to denuclearize North Korea. Second is to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific region. And third, a matter also near and dear to President Trump's heart, is advancing America's prosperity.
I'm honored to be here today in this beautiful country, home of the extraordinary people of Japan. Japan is a treasured partner and crucial ally of the United States. And today we thank them for welcoming us and for decades of wonderful friendship between our two nations.