‘Defeating ISIS No.1 US goal’: Tillerson at coalition summit

Daily News Article - March 23, 2017


1. The first paragraph of a news article should answer the questions who, what, where and when. List the who, what, where and when of this news item. (NOTE: The remainder of a news article provides details on the why and/or how.)

2. What did President Trump’s January 28 executive order direct his national security team to do? (Note: Rex Tillerson was not confirmed by the Senate until February 1.)

3. What progress has been made so far in the fight against the Islamic State?

4. What is the Trump administration’s main goal in the fight against ISIS?

5. For what reason is Secretary Tillerson asking the more than 60 coalition partners to contribute more financially?

6. a) What does the coalition need to do beyond the battlefield, according to Secretary Tillerson?
b) What did the Secretary urge coalition members to do going forward?

7. The media outlets that reported on this meeting noted that Tillerson did not give details on specifics in the effort to destroy the Islamic State.
a) What reason could there be for the U.S. to refrain from giving specific details of the plan?
b) Ask a parent: Trump and Obama have very different leadership styles. Obama famously “led from behind” and referred to ISIS as “the JV team.” Trump has set out to fulfill all of the promises he made during his campaign. He appoints the people he thinks will best carry out the jobs. Do you think the U.S. and our coalition partners will be able to successfully destroy the Islamic State organization with Donald Trump as the president or did President Obama have a better strategy for dealing with ISIS? Please explain your answer.