As President Donald Trump is expected to call for an end America's ongoing wars overseas, his top general in the Mideast said he was not consulted or warned Trump would declare a us troop withdrawal from Syria.
"Their land is gone". Trump told coalition members meeting at the State Department that while "remnants" of the group were still risky, he was determined to bring USA troops home. The United States is expected to gain control of it over the next week, something Trump made clear wasn't an "official announcement".
"Certainly we were aware that he had expressed a desire and intent", to leave, Gen. Joseph Votel, who leads U.S. Central Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, adding: "I was not consulted".
"As we work with our allies to destroy the remnants of ISIS, it is time to give our courageous warriors in Syria a warm welcome home", he added.
One of the other signature policy platforms that Trump highlighted as a candidate in the 2016 election was criticism of how long USA military forces have been fighting in wars in Iraq, in Afghanistan, and more recently, in Syria.
"We welcome that President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un confirmed the date and venue of their second summit", South Korean presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said at press briefing in Seoul on Wednesday.
After that country's opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, declared himself president (reportedly at the urging of Vice President Mike Pence), the Trump administration quickly recognized him as the legitimate head of state, withdrawing its recognition of the embattled, increasingly authoritarian regime of Nicolas Maduro.
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Many people, including members of Trump's own Cabinet, were opposed to the withdrawal.
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". He also called on China to make the kind of far-reaching "structural" changes to industrial policy that analysts say Beijing is likely to resist. He said the fight is entering a new stage where those allied against IS must confront a "decentralized jihad" with more than military force.
Warnings by Pompeo and others that Islamic State remained a risky threat fly in the face of Trump's December declaration that the militants had been defeated and the United States would withdraw its roughly 2,000 USA troops from Syria.
That decision prompted the resignations of Secretary of Defense James Mattis and the Special Presidential Envoy to the Counter-ISIS campaign Brett McGurk. He credits their combined work against the Islamic State group and notes USA forces are going to withdraw from Syria.
The SDF's war against Islamic State in Syria continues.
And last week, USA intelligence chiefs also broke with the president, saying IS would continue to pursue attacks from Syria, as well as Iraq, against regional and Western adversaries, including the US.
Earlier this month, the leader of one of Iraq's most powerful Iranian-backed Shiite militias told The Associated Press in an interview that he expects a vote in the coming months by Iraq's parliament calling for the withdrawal of USA troops.