the US Secretary of State said in a statement published by the State Department on its website. "A year ago, the United States, in conjunction with the International Coalition to Defeat ISIS and our local partners in Iraq and Syria, launched an operation that toppled the founder and leader of ISIS Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi."
The statement added: "This came after the destruction of the territorial" caliphate "of ISIS, and that was another great victory in the mission to ensure the permanent defeat of ISIS, and we have made clear in our words and actions that we will not allow ISIS to return."
The statement emphasized that al-Baghdadi “led the terrorist movement of ISIS, which is one of the most brutal and misleading terrorist campaigns in modern history, and since Al-Baghdadi's killing, the United States and its coalition partners have continued to pursue the remaining ISIS leaders and fighters and bring them to justice.”
The statement added, "Our ongoing campaign against ISIS has kept the leadership of the terrorist organization in a state of constant chaos and obstructed ISIS's ability to organize and plan attacks."
The statement pointed out that while celebrating this important "achievement" in the war against ISIS, "the work of the International Coalition has not yet been completed, and ISIS remains a major threat, and it is of utmost importance that we continue to put constant pressure on ISIS remnants in Iraq and Syria and to strengthen our efforts." The collective defeat of ISIS branches and networks around the world, on which ISIS has focused its attention increasingly since the defeat of its alleged caliphate, and we will remain committed to the coalition and our mission to ensure a permanent defeat of ISIS.