'Sand and death': Donald Trump summarises Syria

'Sand and death': Donald Trump summarises Syria

'Sand and death': Donald Trump summarises Syria

"ISIS is mostly gone, we're slowly sending our troops back home to be with their families, while at the same time fighting ISIS remnants", Trump said on Twitter, using another name for Daesh. The decision was roundly criticized by his national security advisers and Democratic and Republican lawmakers, several of whom asked him to reconsider.

Defense Secretary James Mattis unexpectedly resigned after the announcement, and Brett McGurk, the US's top envoy in the fight against ISIL, announced he would be leaving his post earlier than expected due to the decision. The Kurdish fighters are pulling back across the Euphrates river, the Syrian government said.

In a series of tweets on Monday, the president said he was the only person in the United States who could bring USA troops home with victory and still be subjected to negative reporting. It is Fake News and Pundits who have FAILED for years that are doing the complaining.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said the fighters who withdrew from Manbij on Wednesday were not YPG fighters but belonged to other militias within the SDF.

But during a surprise trip to Iraq last week, Trump privately told the commander of USA forces in Iraq and Syria, Lt. Gen. Paul J. LaCamera, that the military could have several months to complete a safe and orderly withdrawal, according to two US officials.

While Washington considers the YPG an ally in the fight against Daesh, but Turkey has repeatedly called the United States stop arming the terror group to fight against another terror group.

Critics had contended that the U.S. withdrawal would embolden Iran and Russian Federation, which have supported the Government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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"Syria was lost long ago", Mr Trump told reporters ahead of a cabinet meeting in the White House. But the new timeline for the USA exit remains unclear.

The change of heart on the Syria calculus appears to also be related to receiving more financial input from America's Arab allies.

Mr Trump also pledged to protect the Kurdish population in areas under U.S. and Kurdish control in Syria at the moment. "The pause is to assess the effects of the conditions on the ground".

'I think the president is committed to making sure when we leave Syria that ISIS is completely defeated, ' Graham said. Graham said the process of removing the military could potentially be slowed down.

Turkey has already launched an incursion into northern Syria to push back against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which regularly clashes with Turkish forces in the Kurdish-dominated southeast of Turkey.

Nevertheless, Trump's latest plan left open the question of whether an orderly pullout from Syria would happen.

During a lightning visit to USA troops based in Iraq last week, Trump said the United States would no longer be the world's "policeman".

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