Washington, Jan 31: United States President Donald Trump has vowed to fight the ISIS until the dreaded terror organisation is defeated. “We will continue our fight until the ISIS is defeated,” he said while delivering his first State of the Union address in the US capital on Wednesday after his election in 2016. “Terrorists are not merely criminals. They are unlawful enemy combatants. And when captured overseas, they should be treated like the terrorists they are,” said Trump. Also Read - Envelope Containing Poison Ricin Sent to President Trump at White House Intercepted

“There is still more fighting and work to be done and to consolidate our gains. And when captured overseas, they should be treated like the terrorists they are. In the past, we have foolishly released hundreds of dangerous terrorists, only to meet them again on the battlefield, including the ISIS leader, al-Baghdadi, who we captured, who we had, who we released,” he said. Also Read - US SC Justice Ginsburg Dies Setting up Pre-poll Confrontation

He even asked the Congress to ensure that the US continues to have all necessary power to detain terrorists,  wherever they are chased down, wherever they are found. “I am asking Congress to ensure that in the fight against ISIS and Al Qaida we continue to have all necessary power to detain terrorists,” he said. Also Read - Expect to Have COVID-19 Vaccine Doses For Every American by April: Trump

He had claimed, in a speech at the World Economic Forum at Davos in Switzerland on January 26, that the US-backed coalition forces had won back almost 100 percent of territory occupied by the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.”The coalition to defeat ISIS (IS) has retaken almost 100 percent of the territory once held by these killers in Iraq and Syria,” the US President said. (US President Donald Trump Delivers First State Of The Union Address: Highlights)

The US-led coalition had earlier said that it had killed as many as 150 IS fighters in an operation in the middle Euphrates River Valley in Syria, where some remained entrenched. Trump had, in a speech at the World Economic Forum at Davos in Switzerland on January 26, claimed that the US-backed coalition forces had won back almost 100 percent of territory occupied by the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.”The coalition to defeat ISIS (IS) has retaken almost 100 percent of the territory once held by these killers in Iraq and Syria,” he had said.

On Wednesday IS claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on Save the Children’s office in east Afghanistan that left at least two people dead and 14 others wounded.

(Inputs from Agencies)