Brett McGurk, the US special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS, declared the plans of the US-led coalition in Iraq and Syria in the next year, US Department of State website reported.
He said, "our work over the coming year will require intensified effort to stabilize communities liberated from ISIS."
Concerning the Syrian situation, he added, "the fight is still ongoing in Syria, and we anticipate these operations will continue over the first quarter of 2018."
"The focus will then shift to stabilization, and the United States is prepared to remain in Syria until we are certain that ISIS is defeated."
Earlier, the Iraqi security forces reclaimed the last stronghold of ISIS in the country and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared that Iraq is free of ISIS.
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