Iraqi President Says Trump Did Not Ask Permission To 'Watch Iran'

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Asked how the United States would maintain such pressure after withdrawing the 2,000-plus troops currently in Syria, Votel said "that is an aspect of the ongoing planning that we are pursuing right now".

In a tweet that same day, President Donald Trump declared, "We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump presidency".

The president told representatives of a 79-member, USA -led coalition fighting IS that the militants held a tiny percentage of the vast territory they claimed as their "caliphate".

He held up the recently begun negotiations with the Taliban as a sign of change, saying there might be a political solution to "this long and bloody conflict".

"Remnants - that's all they have, remnants - but remnants can be very risky", Trump said.

By 2016, ISIS was on the defensive and the U.S. -led coalition supported Iraqi and Syrian partners' advance on Mosul and Raqqa, which would not fall until July 2017 and October 2017, respectively, months after Trump had taken over in the U.S. As a result, the Republican leader has often taken credit for successes against ISIS, which continued steadily through 2018.

Some Democrats had anxious Monday's vote could be seen as lending new legal backing to the 2001 authorization for the use of military force against al Qaeda - legislation that has since been stretched to cover US military intervention in more than a dozen countries, including Syria.

Last year, Trump withdrew the United States from the agreement formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Following a partial government shutdown over which tensions between Trump and Democratic leadership became white-hot, the president took a different tack with the address, highlighting progress in the economy and foreign policy and defense and calling on the nation to come together. It is nonetheless believed to be the biggest Jewish population in the Middle East outside Israel.

Earlier in the month, the president's own national security advisor, John Bolton, said in a speech that any withdrawal would be conditioned on the total defeat of ISIS and assurances from Turkey that it would not attack USA -allied Kurdish forces in Syria-tall orders, to put it lightly.

"I want to be able to watch Iran", he said.

One of the things the report revealed is that the US-backed militia was presumably on the brink of crushing the last IS holdout in the Euphrates Valley, but had to halt their operation when Turkey threatened to intervene against the Kurdish fighters.

Trump announced in December that "all" US forces would be leaving Syria "now". Trump said. "Great nations do not fight endless war".

US President Donald Trump called for curbs on certain types of abortions in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, citing recent legislation and debates in Virginia and NY on later-term abortions.

The top commander of US forces in the Middle East says the Islamic State group's territorial hold in Syria and Iraq is on the verge of collapse. "It's been going on for many years", he said.

Trump reiterated this hardline stance against Maduro in Tuesday night's address. He said, "Sir, one week". Irving Locker, Joseph Reilly and Herman Zeitchik were among the forces who landed in France in 1944 on D-Day, the USA -led invasion that cost tens of thousands of lives but turned the tide of war against Nazi Germany and its allies.