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Mattis' Brother: Resignation Over Syria 'Definition Of Patriotism And Integrity'

US envoy to anti-IS coalition resigns after Trump's Syria decision Order for withdrawal of US troops from Syria signed
Leonard Rios | 27 December, 2018, 10:27

Mattis announced his resignation after Trump ordered the withdrawal of USA forces from Syria against the advice of the retired Marine general.

Such a sudden switch reflected the White House's displeasure with Mattis' resignation letter, and might cause anxiety among United States allies, said a Chinese expert.

Just after tweeting the announcement about Shanahan, Trump said he had had "a long and productive call" with Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Trump on Saturday said that the jihadist group "is largely defeated".

On Sunday, Fox News confirmed that Mattis had signed the official withdrawal orders, though Pentagon officials refused to discuss the specific timeline due to operational security. Although even Trump's criticisms of Mattis have been somewhat muted compared to his usual (and colorful) posts on the social media platform Twitter, it's hard to deny that there's little love lost between the two.

Mr Trump's sudden decision also sparked turmoil within his administration, prompting the resignation of Mr Brett McGurk, the special envoy to the anti-ISIS coalition.

"Since Washington crossed the DE at Christmas in 1776, American troops have missed holidays at home to defend our experiment in democracy", Mattis said in the 20-second video message.

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He said they "could never get on the same page" on Syria. "I think all of this is coming down in the last hour".

In announcing his resignation, Mattis distributed a candid resignation letter addressed to Trump that laid bare the growing divide between them, and implicitly criticized Trump for failing to value America's closest allies, who fought alongside the United States in both conflicts.

Mattis signed an order authorizing the withdrawal of us forces from Syria, said a Pentagon spokesman, who provided no operational details.

The momentous reversal of years of U.S. foreign policy will leave the war-torn regions at risk of continued and potentially heightened bloodshed.

"If anybody but your favorite President, Donald J. Trump, announced that, after decimating ISIS in Syria, we were going to bring our troops back home (happy & healthy), that person would be the most popular hero in America", he tweeted.

A USA withdrawal, said Mr Mutlu Civiroglu, a Kurdish affairs analyst, will open the way "for Turkey to start its operations against the Kurds, and a bloody war will begin". Brett McGurk, the top USA envoy to the worldwide coalition fighting the Islamic State militant group, also resigned in protest over Trump's Syria decision.

In replacing Mattis, at least temporarily, Trump has picked Shanahan, who made his name as an executive at Boeing, where he worked for decades, dealing at times with the aviation behemoth's commercial aircraft and missile defence programmes.

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