Kurdish fighters withdraw from Manbij: Syria

Kurdish fighters withdraw from Manbij: Syria

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'.

"We're in countries that most people have never even heard about", he said, referring to United States combat deployments, including in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

Trump had come under fire for his projected quick withdrawal from various quarters, including retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who commanded American-led troops in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010, and warned, "If you pull American influence out, you're likely to have greater instability and of course it'll be much more hard for the United States to try to push events in any direction".

Mr Trump also pledged to protect the Kurdish population in areas under USA and Kurdish control in Syria at the moment.

Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, will be traveling to Israel and Turkey in early January to discuss what the White House says is the "deliberate and coordinated" withdrawal of USA forces from Syria.

During a lightning visit to U.S. troops based in Iraq last week, Trump said the United States would no longer be the world's "policeman". "I'm not thrilled about that, I'm not happy about it at all". We will work closely together to make sure we get this right.

The strike came a day after Iraq's government hinted at greater involvement for its armed forces in Syria as the United States begins withdrawing troops from the country. "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 tweeted.

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The immediate reason for Mattis's resignation was Trump's announcement that he's ordering USA troops out of Syria.

According to the report Trump told the commander of American 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 United States officials.

Trump's comments come a day after Republican Sen. "Just doing what I said I was going to do!" Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina.

"We're in countries that most people have never even heard about", he said, referring to USA combat deployments, including in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. It has been freed by pro-US Kurds supported by the International Coalition.

Trump defended his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, saying the battle was "lost long ago", adding, "besides that, we're talking about sand and death".

It is unclear whether the proof of a Kurdish pullout will deter Turkey from launching another military operation in Syria, but the government in Damascus has repeatedly said it views Turkish troops as invaders and will fight them if necessary.

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