IS could be back in Syria 'in six months'

IS could be back in Syria 'in six months'

IS could be back in Syria 'in six months'

"I don't like endless wars", Trump said in a CBS Face the Nation interview on February 3, after he surprised US lawmakers and global allies last month by announcing he was withdrawing all 2,000 USA troops from Syria.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday that US President Donald Trump's expressed wish to keep US forces in Iraq in order to monitor neighboring Iran has exposed American "lies" about fighting terrorism.

"All I want to do is be able to watch", Trump told "Face the Nation" anchor Margaret Brennan.

The US general in charge of military action in the Middle East said Tuesday that he had not been consulted before President Trump abruptly announced that American troops would be leaving Syria.

The Pentagon's Office of Inspector General released a report Monday that said ISIS is likely to try to leverage the withdrawal of us troops from Syria as a "victory", CNN reported.

Republican opposition to Mr Trump has been rare during his first two years in office but is growing, especially over foreign policy, which was due to form about half of his annual address to Congress last night.... It also said that ISIS is likely to regain territory after the USA leaves.

Kurdish MP Sarkawt Shams tweeted that the mission of USA troops in Iraq was "to help Iraqi security forces against terrorism, not "watching" others".

He further urged Iraqi parliamentarians to present the draft law on the withdrawal of the United States troops from the Arab country.

"This is a key task that we are looking at right now, and that is the protection of people who have fought valiantly with us, and ensuring that they remain safe as our diplomats, the United States and others pursue a diplomatic solution", Votel replied.

Trump said that the US troops in Syria were starting to come home, as they push out the "final remainder of the [IS] caliphate".

Lawmakers on the committee anxious that ISIS fighters will wait out the U.S., and when asked for the strategy to maintain pressure and protect Kurdish forces who battled the Islamic State alongside the U.S., Votel reassured lawmakers both were priorities.

Hundreds of fighters from dozens of countries are in SDF custody, according to the US State Department.

"So I think they'll do well", Trump said. "We can come back very quickly". "We're going to be watching, and watching closely".

The report echoes what intelligence chiefs told lawmakers on Capitol Hill last week - that a vacuum left by the departure of US troops could be filled by ISIS or al Qaeda in Syria or Iraq.

Trump made his decision after a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had said Istanbul would lead the fight against IS remnants in Syria.

The resolution was sponsored by the Republican leader of the Senate Mitch McConnell, who said last week the measure "would acknowledge the plain fact that Al-Qaeda, ISIS and their affiliates in Syria and Afghanistan continue to pose a serious threat to our nation".

Abu Jaffar al-Shabaki, the head of PMF's 30th Brigade, in a press conference Saturday said the USA troops were surveying Mosul city and filming neighborhoods with video recorders.

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