Defense Dept inspector general says ISIS likely to "resurge" without "sustained pressure"

Defense Dept inspector general says ISIS likely to

Defense Dept inspector general says ISIS likely to "resurge" without "sustained pressure"

Following Trump's secret visit to Iraq in December, political groups in the country have stepped up their efforts to persuade the parliament to stand against the presence of United States forces in the Arab country.

Several of Trump's fellow Republicans strongly disagreed with his plans to withdraw 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria on the grounds that militants no longer pose a threat.

The U.S. began the process of pulling out earlier this month, when it hauled vehicles and equipment from northeast Syria into neighboring Iraq.

Maine's Sen. Angus King, an independent, asked the general, "So, you weren't consulted before that decision was announced?"

"I want to be able to watch Iran".

"I was not consulted", the general said.

Republican opposition to Mr Trump has been rare during his first two years in office but is growing, especially over foreign policy, which was due to form about half of his annual address to Congress last night....

'We do have to keep pressure on this network. The second attack ended with no casualties, with the Iraqi forces able to push the militants back.

US President Donald Trump reaffirmed, in an interview airing Sunday, his determination to pull US troops out of "endless wars" in Syria and Afghanistan, but said they should stay in Iraq to watch Iran.

"Challenges to completely defeating ISIS in Iraq include the group's rural strength, its tunnels and safe houses, the continued trickle of foreign fighters, the difficulty in securing the Iraq-Syria border, and the lack of stability in Sunni areas", the report said.

In the next parliamentary session, lawmakers will pass a law terminating "the security agreement with America, in addition to ending the presence of American military trainers and advisors and foreigners on Iraqi soil", Kaabi declared in a statement published by the parliament.

If the SDF strikes a deal with Damascus following the U.S. withdrawal, Shoebridge said, "the Syrian government could fill that vacuum, and continue with their very successful campaign against ISIS themselves".

In 2014, the Iraqi government sent a letter to the United Nations requesting "the United States of America to lead global efforts to strike ISIL sites and military strongholds with our express consent".

Salih's remarks came in response to Trump's Sunday interview with CBS News's Face the Nation, in which the president said US troops would remain in Iraq indefinitely and would be used to surveil Iran and its activity in the region.

Trump's decision to leave Syria, which he initially said would be rapid but later slowed down, shocked US allies led to the resignations of Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and the top envoy to the anti-ISIS coalition, Brett McGurk. Abdullah said that, despite this, the partial withdrawal of US -led foreign forces would not spell the end of the world for Afghanistan.

Lawmakers on the committee anxious that ISIS fighters will wait out the U.S., and when asked for the strategy to maintain pressure and protect Kurdish forces who battled the Islamic State alongside the U.S., Votel reassured lawmakers both were priorities.

The president added: "We're going to keep watching and we're going to keep seeing and if there's trouble, if somebody is looking to do nuclear weapons or other things, we're going to know it before they do".

"We spent a fortune on building this incredible base", Trump said.

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