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Pompeo reassures allies of United States commitment to defeat ISIL

Leading US military commander says he ‘was not consulted’ by Trump on Syria withdrawal Iraqis call for US troops to be expelled after Trump's remarks
Leonard Rios | 07 February, 2019, 04:36

In December, Trump announced that all 2,000 troops in Syria would be withdrawn and declared the Daesh terrorist group had been defeated.

During a February 5 hearing held by the Senate Armed Services Committee, Gen. Joseph Votel explained, "I was not aware of the specific announcement".

Of U.S. troop activities, Votel said they are focused on liberating remaining ISIS territory in Syria, along the Iraq border-but affirmed U.S. troops are not "kicking in doors", but supplying artillery and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support. Angus King, I-Maine, asked.

"We were not, I was not consulted", he added, after being questioned.

The U.S. will continue to lead the fight against Islamic State militants in the Middle East, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted Wednesday - notwithstanding President Donald Trump's apparent impatience of late at getting American soldiers out of Syria.

That decision prompted the resignations of Secretary of Defense James Mattis and the Special Presidential Envoy to the Counter-ISIS campaign Brett McGurk.

"It would be a great opportunity for him to reinforce his message from the speech last night", said Pompeo.

"When I took office, ISIS (Daesh) controlled more than 20,000 square miles in Iraq and Syria".

"The concern is if we move our forces out of Syria that that may take some pressure off of the ISIS forces in Syria", Hecker said.

As Iran mobilized Shiite Muslim forces to tackle ISIS in support of the Iraqi and Syrian armed forces, the US formed an global coalition in 2014 to begin bombing the jihadis as part of a mission welcomed by Baghdad, but considered illegal by Damascus.

Meanwhile, a report by a United States defence department watchdog cited Central Command as saying that without sustained pressure IS "could likely resurge in Syria within six to 12 months".

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Even as Pompeo spoke on Wednesday, a senior military official acknowledged to politicians that with the pullout, "it is going to be hard to keep up the pressure".

"We do not know whether we will achieve an agreement - but we do know that after two decades of war, the hour has come to at least try for peace", he said.

Mr Trump claimed in December that the group had been defeated, and reports suggested he wanted U.S. soldiers home within 30 days. And the other side would like to do the same thing.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded to Trump's comments on Twitter, saying, "U.S. hostility has led it to support dictators, butchers & extremists, who've only brought ruin to our region".

In an interview with CBS News broadcast on Sunday, Trump said the USA troops in Syria would be departing soon.

Experts who spoke to Al-Monitor said that al-Asad air base would not be enough to counter Iran's overland and maritime routes into Syria and Lebanon that United States officials believe are used to support Shiite proxies.

Trump last week announced the usa withdrawal from a 30-year-old nuclear arms treaty with Russian Federation that banned the countries from possessing certain missiles.

Votel also defended U.S. support to the Saudi-led coalition battling the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen.

Iraqi Deputy Speaker of Parliament Hassan Karim al-Kaabi, also close to Sadr, said they were a "new provocation", weeks after Trump sparked outrage in Iraq by visiting USA troops at Ain al-Asad without meeting a single Iraqi official.

His comments come amid renewed efforts in both the House and Senate to block USA support to the Saudi-led coalition.

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