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Leonard Rios | 27 December, 2018, 00:23

Last week's announcement of President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw American forces, which have been deployed to help the global coalition fight Daesh, came as a shock to U.S. officials, as well as to allies and partners worldwide.

Supporters of President Trump's surprise decision have valid points.

Only 11 days ago, McGurk had said it would be "reckless" to consider IS defeated and therefore would be unwise to bring American forces home. Was supposed to leave in February but he just resigned prior to leaving.

This photo released on the Facebook page of the Military Council of Manbij City, shows US troops based around the Syrian town of Manbij speaking with residents, in northern Syria, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018.

The statement comes after Trump's declaration last week that ISIS has been defeated and his announcement that the United States would begin the "full" and "rapid" withdrawal of its roughly 2,000 troops in Syria. "And the honest answer is I have no idea", Neller answered. "Never heard of him ... until yesterday", Trump's acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.

However, Nicholas A. Heras, a Middle East security analyst at the Center for a New American Security, says that despite what President Trump thinks, Turkey is in no position to assume complete responsibility for northern and eastern Syria and does not a large enough force to manage an area of that size.

Adding to the tumult, the stock market has been experiencing heavy losses over concerns about a slowing global economy, Mr Trump's trade war with China and the president's public slamming of the Federal Reserve and its chairman over interest rate hikes by the independent agency. "When I became President, ISIS was going wild".

There have been warnings from Israel and others that Iran is seeking to form a "land bridge" across to the Mediterranean, and some analysts have said that the United States withdrawal could help that effort. The announcement sparked the resignation of Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and Brett McGurk, the USA envoy to the global coalition fighting the Islamic State group.

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Thousands of IS jihadists are thought to remain in Syria, but Trump on Wednesday declared that "we've won against ISIS", using another acronym for the extremists. The decision also caused alarm and dismay in the US military over the prospect of suddenly abandoning Washington's Kurdish partners. He told Trump in a letter that he was departing because "you have a right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours".

The United States has only around 2,000 troops in Syria focused on fighting the Islamic State group, but they have been deployed in two areas along the Iraqi border, helping keep Iranian movement into the country in check.

This week, NPR tried to gain access to a few of the US bases but was told the American troops there are not authorized to comment.

A rebel spokesman said on Monday Turkish-backed Syrian forces had reinforced the area around the town of Manbij, occupied by the Kurdish fighters, in preparation for the USA withdrawal.

"If they will leave, we will curse them as traitors", he says. The future of the worldwide coalition against IS, which includes Turkey, the USA and France, remains unclear.

Taking over for now for McGurk will be his deputy, retired Lt. Gen. Terry Wolff, who served three tours of active duty in Iraq.

In June, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies reached an agreement that would see the YPG ousted from the town but Turkey has complained the roadmap has been delayed and said Turkish forces would enter the town if the United States does not remove the Kurdish militants.

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