Kurdish troops begin withdrawal from Syria’s Manbij

Top Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway seemed to hint that the US president might be planning to tweak his blueprint for a troop withdrawal from Syria

Top Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway seemed to hint that the US president might be planning to tweak his blueprint for a troop withdrawal from Syria

Mr Graham had initially criticised the president's decision, but after the White House lunch struck a more conciliatory tone, saying: "I think we're slowing things down in a smart way". "I never said fast or slow", he said. So we have a lot to talk about today.

"But we want to protect the Kurds, nevertheless, we want to protect the Kurds".

"I think we're in a pause situation where we are reevaluating what's the best way to achieve the President's objective of having people pay more and do more", he said.

The announcement also had shocked lawmakers and American allies, including Kurds who have fought alongside the USA against the Islamic State group and face an expected assault by Turkey. That is significant in itself: clear affirmation of what Graham had said.

Trump announced his Syria pullout by saying 'We've won against ISIS, ' even though thousands of the group's fighters are thought to remain in Syria after the collapse of their 'caliphate'.

WASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump acknowledged on Wednesday that Iranian forces have been emboldened in Syria amid widespread concern over his decision to hastily withdraw US troops from the battlefield there.

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.

Trump claimed Iran was suffering under renewed United States sanctions since he withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal with global powers- he spoke in the Cabinet Room of the White House with a movie-style poster promoting his sanctions laid before him on the conference table- but he did admit they remain a powerful presence in Syria.

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Graham said later on Twitter that Trump would make sure that any withdrawal from Syria "will be done in a fashion to ensure: 1) ISIS is permanently destroyed 2) Iran doesn't fill in the back end".

"I want to fight the war in the enemy's backyard, not ours", Graham said in an interview on CNN's Sunday morning State of the Union show.

"He has not reversed his decision" to withdraw troops from Syria, Graham said.

"I campaigned on getting out of Syria and other places".

U.S. commanders planning the withdrawal are recommending that YPG fighters battling Isis be allowed to keep US-supplied weapons, according to United States officials.

"He has not reversed his decision", Graham said.

The senior senator said he agreed with Trump on the necessity of the pullout, adding that he felt reassured over the president's commitment to defeating the ISIS terrorist group.

In this photo from April 28, 2017, U.S. forces, accompanied by Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fighters, drive their armored vehicles near the northern Syrian village of Darbasiyah, on the border with Turkey. The pro-US Kurds had asked for Syrian troops to be deployed first at Manbij, then throughout the North East of Syria, above the Euphrates.

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