United States general: I wasn't told about Syria troop withdrawal

United States general: I wasn't told about Syria troop withdrawal

United States general: I wasn't told about Syria troop withdrawal

During a discussion of his administration's plans to withdraw troops from Syria and reduce America's military presence in Afghanistan, Trump said in a CBS interview on Sunday that the United States has "spent a fortune" building an "incredible" military base in Iraq.

President Donald Trump made clear in a television interview that he wants to reduce US military engagement in Syria and Afghanistan, but said he was willing to keep a usa military base in Iraq so that Washington can keep a close eye on Iran.

"Trump did not ask us to keep USA troops to watch Iran", Salih said at a forum in Baghdad.

"We have an unbelievable and expensive military base built in Iraq", he said. "It's perfectly situated for looking at all over different parts of the troubled Middle East rather than pulling up", Trump said.

Votel's remarks represent the latest warning by current and former USA officials about the risk of a resurgence by ISIS following a planned US withdrawal from Syria that Trump ordered in December.

Votel warned that ISIS would pose an enduring threat following a planned USA withdrawal from Syria, saying the militant group retained leaders, fighters, facilitators and resources that will fuel a menacing insurgency.

President Donald Trump speaks to members of the US military.

Two attacks by the Islamic State in Iraq occurred this weekend, targeting oil police and other security forces, local media report.

U.S.is seeking to broker an agreement that prevents Turkey from following through on its threats to launch a full-scale military offensive against Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria.

He added: "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'll come back if we have to.

"Don't overburden Iraq with your own issues", he added.

"We oppose that Iraq be used as a place to watch neighboring countries or provoke these countries or attack these countries", Hakim wrote on his tweeter post.

Starting this week, the new Congress is stepping up its oversight of US military operations in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa, and the planned drawdowns of troops from several of those places.

"We're at 99 percent right now, we'll be at 100", said the president, who was expected to make the announcement during his annual State of the Union address on Tuesday.

But our correspondent says the United States president's latest references to Iran and the need to protect Israel point to a very different set of priorities, which is causing unease in Baghdad.

Last week, many top GOP senators voiced concern after Trump called the heads of his own intelligence agencies "naive" for contradicting him about the threats North Korea and the Islamic State pose to the U.S.

It is unclear whether Trump's triumphant tone will echo the warnings coming from different parts of his administration, including Votel's Central Command and the USA military.

Target on their backs: With his comments, the president has telegraphed to USA foes that theAmerican troop presence at Al-Asad could be used to interdict Iranian movement in the region.

A source close to Trump told Reuters the president will declare the militant group all but defeated and will discuss his planned Syria drawdown.

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