That said, many foreign policy officials think Trump's decision s a mistake, with The New York Times reporting that "Pentagon officials were still trying to talk the president out of the decision early Wednesday morning, arguing that such a move would betray Kurdish allies who have fought alongside American troops in Syria and who could find themselves under attack in a military offensive now threatened by Turkey".
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who remains concerned about Iranian efforts in the area, reacted in noncommittal fashion after talking with Trump by telephone.
"Even as the end of the physical caliphate is clearly now coming into sight, the end of ISIS will be a much more long-term initiative", McGurk told a State Department briefing on December 11.
The decision upends assumptions about a longer-term U.S. military presence in Syria, which U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and other senior U.S. officials had advocated to help ensure Islamic State can not reemerge.
Just last week, the US special envoy to the anti-ISIS coalition, Brett McGurk, said USA troops would remain in Syria even after the Islamic State was driven from its strongholds.
As guarded as this response may sound - imagine Netanyahu's fury if Barack Obama had made a similar decision - it can not cover up the serious disagreement between the Israeli government and the Trump administration.
"Nobody is declaring a mission accomplished". The US-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have had some recent success against the terror group and are on the cusp of capturing the last major town held by ISIS east of the Euphrates.
Sanders did not specify a timetable for withdrawing the estimated 2,000 USA troops in the region or how many troops have already returned home.
A complete withdrawal of USA troops from Syria would still leave a sizeable US military presence in the region, including about 5,200 troops across the border in Iraq. It was not immediately known what effect the troop withdrawal would have on ongoing air operations in Syria.
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Some analysts said the news will mark the fulfillment of a major Trump campaign promise and indicates the US believes its war on the Islamic State is coming to an end.
The US decision to withdraw from Syria marks a remarkable development not just for the Kurds, but for years-old US doctrine in the region.
The Kurdish force has yet to issue an official response to Washington's decision to withdraw troops, which was announced by both the Pentagon and the White House on Wednesday.
The decision to withdraw marks a shocking development not just for Kurds in Syria, but for long-established USA doctrine in the region.
The American presence in Syria, therefore, is still necessary, even though they are small in numbers.
Syrian schoolchildren walk as USA troops patrol near the Turkish border in Hasakah, Syria November 4, 2018.
The U.S. has some 2,000 military members in Syria and ISIS has been reduced to a single stronghold near the Iraq border. "They were always there to destroy the territorial caliphate of ISIS", said a senior administration official.
As recently as this month, USA officials were telling Al-Monitor they believed they had unique leverage to bring Russian Federation and Iran, which would soon seek to stop paying Assad's mounting military bills, to the bargaining table. Turkish officials expressed caution as the details of the USA plan remained unclear. "ISIS will re-emerge, Iran a greater threat, will own all of Syria, Israel more in danger".
Though five English sides progressed past year , the last time four EPL teams made the Last-16 was in the 2013/14 season. Spurs tied Pochettino down to a new five-year deal earlier this year and do want to lose their world-class manager.
The cabinet will discuss whether the government should ramp up preparations for a no-deal Brexit when it meets later this morning. Pro-EU Cabinet ministers, meanwhile, are seeking to work with opposition politicians to find a way out of the morass.
David Moyes, Ferguson's hand-picked successor, and Louis van Gaal departed after 10 months and two years, respectively. Mourinho's approach and tactics appear out of date and have been bypassed by younger, more forward-thinking managers.
The new research also points to the previously underappreciated prominence of the IRA's use of Instagram . The Oxford-Graphika report said it is clear the response by social media companies has been lacking.
The US has long complained of a lack of fair access for foreign companies in China and rampant theft of intellectual property. Trump delayed increasing the tariffs on $200 billion of goods to 25 percent until March to give time to make a deal.
This morning, Downing Street said that Mrs May would bring her Brexit deal back before the House of Commons 'before January 21'. May declined to rule out the idea of a no-deal departure, saying: "The way to ensure there is no no deal is to agree a deal".
Johnson further added that Kohli does not behave like a captain should and backed Paine for standing up for the team. Paine's sledge to batsman Murali Vijay later in the match summed up Australia's dislike for Kohli.
Valencia secured a place in the last 32 of the Europa League by finishing third in the group - and it was mainly thanks to Jones. Porto would probably be the favoured pick but, on this evidence, they might feel the same about United .
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