U.S. troops to leave Syria but YPG support to continue

U.S. troops to leave Syria but YPG support to continue

U.S. troops to leave Syria but YPG support to continue

The decision prompted Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to resign.

Mr Trump tweeted yesterday that he was sending troops home "slowly".

Graham suggested to reporters on Sunday after having lunch with Trump that the President now better understands the stakes in Syria and, for now, has agreed to reevaluate his plans to immediately withdraw all U.S. troops from the country.

In contrast to previously emphatic victory declarations, Trump said that "ISIS is mostly gone".

However, he did not provide a timetable for the planned military exit from Syria, which he announced last month following a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who was about to give a green light to a military operation to the terrorist in Syria.

However, in Wednesday's cabinet session, Trump also complained, "I didn't like the fact that [the Kurds] are selling the small oil that they have to Iran, and we asked them not to do it".

"The results are FAR BETTER than I ever said they were going to be!"

"I think we're slowing things down in a smart way", he told reporters. He said, "We have won against ISIS ... we have beaten them and we've beaten them badly and now it's time for our troops to come back home".

Though much reduced, and forced into hiding, it is still believed to comprise thousands of guerrillas.

The counter-Islamic State campaign continues, our efforts to counter Iranian aggression continues, and our commitment to Middle East stability and the protection of Israel continues in the same way it did before that decision was made. US-backed forces seized the jihadists' self-declared capital Raqa on Oct 17, 2017.

While White House officials have denied reports that Trump also has ordered half of the 14,000 USA troops in Afghanistan to come home, Trump made it clear he has run out of patience for what's become the longest United States war.

The statement said F-16 fighter jets carried out the raid around al-Sousa village in eastern Syria, as "30 leaders from Daesh (Islamic State) gangs" met in the building.

"We don't want to be taken advantage of any more by countries that use us and use our incredible military to protect them", he said.

The view is popular with many Americans, but critics, including some of Washington's closest allies, say the United States can not abandon its traditional leadership role. Lindsey Graham (R, South Carolina) explained on Sunday.

"We need to keep our troops there", Graham said.

That tweet seemed aimed at rebutting comments by Stanley McChrystal, a retired U.S. Army four-star general who commanded the Joint Special Operations Command in the mid-2000s and formerly commanded U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan. On Sunday he warned on ABC's This Week that a U.S. pullout would likely cause "greater instability" in the region.

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