We give Israel billions, it can defend itself in Syria

We give Israel billions, it can defend itself in Syria

We give Israel billions, it can defend itself in Syria

While in Iraq, Trump spoke to military commanders and the USA ambassador and, according to White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, they "came up with a powerful plan that will allow us to continue our path to total victory" over ISIS.

They travelled there unannounced "late on Christmas night" to thank troops for "their service, their success and their sacrifice", it said.

After brief remarks to officials and reporters, Trump and the First Lady visited with USA troops at a dining facility decorated for Christmas with bells, foil balls and red, green and blue-colored lights.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announced his resignation shortly after the announcement that Trump was pulling back the nation's roughly 2,000 soldiers in the country.

"It's not fair when the burden is all on us, the United States", he said, as he defended his decision to withdraw troops from Syria and let regional countries, Turkey in particular, to complete the work of finishing the remnants of the ISIS terror group and Saudi Arabia to invest in development of the war-ravaged country.

It came just days after the President announced he was withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria.

Both the United Kingdom and France have small special forces contingents in Syria and have not announced plans to withdraw.

A decade-and-a-half later, the US-led war on the false pretext of finding Iraq's weapons of mass destruction has killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and some 5,000 American troops without yielding any meaningful results. I've been telling the generals, 'Let's go.

US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the US military during an unannounced trip to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq
US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the US military during an unannounced trip to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq

You've had enough time.

During his first visit to a troubled region, Mr Trump also said he has no plans to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq. We are in countries most people haven't even heard about. We knocked them out, Trump reportedly said.

"If we see something happening with ISIS that we don't like, we can hit them so fast and so hard they really won't know what the hell happened", Trump said, using an acronym for the militant group that he has said is defeated.

In a surprise decision that put his security team at odds and prompted Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis to quit, the president ordered a complete withdrawal of 2,000 American troops from Syria and a substantial reduction of the 14,000 USA troops in Afghanistan.

The U.S. military said Tuesday that coalition warplanes and artillery guns launched airstrikes against ISIS fighters inside Syria between December 16 and 22.

Fifteen years after the 2003 invasion, the U.S. still has more than 5,000 troops in Iraq supporting the government as it continues the fight against remaining pockets of resistance by the Islamic State (IS) group. The U.S. -led military coalition continues a daily battle against the remaining ISIS fighters holed up in a stretch of desert along the Middle Euphrates River Valley, near he Iraq-Syria border.

Mr Trump wants $5billion (£3.95bn) in funding for the wall but the Democrats have said no.

The president told Fox News' Chris Wallace at the time that he should have gone to Arlington, and he hasn't visited a combat zone because he has "had an unbelievably busy schedule", adding, "I will be doing it".

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