I was not consulted on Syria pullout, CENTCOM chief Votel says

Pentagon: ISIS will regain ground in Syria when US troops leave and will play troop withdrawal as a 'victory'

Pentagon: ISIS will regain ground in Syria when US troops leave and will play troop withdrawal as a 'victory'

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday evening, Trump took aim at Iran declaring it a "radical regime" that does "bad, bad things".

"We've eliminated nearly every one of them", he said, referring to their leaders while acknowledging the terrorists' ability to bounce back from adversity.

"Now, 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 said, referring to his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from these countries. "And Chairman Kim and I will meet again on February 27 and 28 in Vietnam".

He appeared to be referring to the Al-Asad air base in western Iraq, where he paid a brief visit to USA forces in December. He did, however, salute a special guest of honor: Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon.

Last year, Trump withdrew the United States from the agreement formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

But though Democrats have also criticized the president's move, about half of those in the Senate balked at signing onto the McConnell-led effort to rebuke him, fearing that a vote calling on Trump to leave troops in Syria and Afghanistan might be construed as an endorsement of endless war. "As I read it, it recognizes. his effort for us to examine exactly what we are doing in these places", Risch said. But remnants can be very unsafe.

The president devoted a sizeable chunk of his speech to the contentious issue of immigration, and his deeply divisive plan to build a wall along the UIS-Mexico border.

While the USA military stopped providing aerial refueling to coalition warplanes in November, the U.S. continues limited intelligence sharing aimed at countering Houthi missile and drone attacks against Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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After 17 years of war in Afghanistan, Trump praised "the unmatched valor" of US forces. "Our troops have fought with unmatched valor - and thanks to their bravery, we are now able to pursue a political solution to this long and bloody conflict", he told members of congress during his speech. He said that almost 7,000 Americans had died in Afghanistan and Iraq over the past 19 years, and more than 52,000 Americans were wounded. There's no evidence that the attack was related in any way to the Middle East. "I have also accelerated our negotiations to reach a political settlement in Afghanistan".

Votel praises efforts by Iraq's security forces and a US -backed coalition of Syrian fighters known as the Syrian Democratic Force. "They have the ability of coming back together if we don't", General Joseph Votel, head of the USA military's Central Command, told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing hours before the president's public address.

Currently, ISIS has about one percent of the land in Iraq and Syria.

Trump only briefly mentioned his decision to pull United States troops out of Syria, a policy decision to which Israel was deeply opposed.

At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Votel said the Islamic State occupies less than 20 miles of territory and has about 20,000 to 30,000 fighters, adding, "We don't fully know". "Now, as we work with our allies to destroy the remnants of ISIS, it is time to give our fearless warriors in Syria a warm welcome home", Trump said, using an acronym for the militant group.

WASHINGTON ― The U.S. Senate on Monday voted overwhelmingly to approve a symbolic resolution urging President Donald Trump not to proceed with plans for a hasty withdrawal of U.S. troops from their yearslong fight against terrorism overseas.

Trump also cheered his success in securing an increase in defense spending on the order of $100 billion by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. But he has repeatedly warned that Islamic State and al-Qaeda have not been defeated. Russian Federation has since also pulled out of the treaty.

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