Trump has 'very beautiful plan' for defeating Isil - but not just yet
Donald Trump, the business mogul and reality television star, plans to tell the world later this month if he is actually running for US president or just looking for attention.
But in the meantime he is making it known that if he does run, he would be the "most successful person ever to run for the presidency, by far" and that he has "a very beautiful plan" to defeat Isil (he just can't tell anyone about it).
The typically outlandish claims from the bouffant billionaire were made in an interview with 'The Des Moines Register', one of Iowa's major newspapers.
Here's are some of the highlights of his interview with journalist Josh Hafner. Mr Trump interrupted his interviewer during the first question.
Q: You're getting better numbers in some polls than several candidates...
A: I'm the most successful person ever to run for the presidency, by far. Nobody's ever been more successful than me. I'm the most successful person ever to run. Ross Perot isn't successful like me. Romney - I have a Gucci store that's worth more than Romney.
Q: Specifically, what would you do to address the Islamic State (ISIL) in Iraq and Syria?
A: I have an absolute way of defeating ISIL, and it would be decisive and quick and it would be very beautiful. Very surgical.
Q: Military on the ground? Drone strikes?
A: If I tell you right now, everyone else is going to say: "Wow, what a great idea." You're going to have 10 candidates going to use it and they're going to forget where it came from. Which is me.
Q Do you have advisors on issues like this?
A: With very successful people, we sort of have our own ideas. A lot of people hire consultants. Well, if the consultant's so smart, why aren't they rich?
Mr Trump isn't announcing his intentions until June 16 but in the meantime you can keep up with him on Twitter where he puts out a mixture of politics, inspirational tweets and rants against his critics.
Separately yesterday America accused the Syrian military of carrying out air strikes to help Isil fighters advance around the northern city of Aleppo, according to messages posted on the US Embassy Syria official Twitter feed.
Isil fighters pushed back rival insurgents north of Aleppo on Sunday near the Turkish border, threatening their supply route to the city, fighters and a group monitoring the war said.
Fighters from Levant Front, a northern alliance which includes Western-backed rebels and Islamist fighters, said they were worried Isil was heading for the Bab al-Salam crossing between Aleppo and the Turkish province of Kilis.
"Reports indicate that the regime is making air strikes in support of Isil's advance on Aleppo, aiding extremists against Syrian population," a post on the US Embassy Syria Twitter account said late on Monday.
Meanwhile, a Palestinian Salafist leader who had sworn loyalty to Isil was shot dead in Gaza City yesterday during a confrontation with Hamas security forces, as tensions mounted between the Strip's Islamist rulers and its extremist opponents.
The incident occurred during an arrest operation in the northern Sheikh Radwan neighbourhood, with Gaza's interior ministry identifying the gunman as local Salafist leader Yussef al-Hanar (27).
Hamas spokesman Eyad al-Bozum said that he died "during an attempt to arrest him."
(© Daily Telegraph, London)