Posted on December 20, 2018
But major allies, including senior Republicans and foreign powers, have disputed the claim and say the move could lead to a resurgence of IS. US troops have helped rid much of Syria’s north-east of the jihadist group, but pockets of fighters remain.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who is one of Mr Trump’s supporters, called the withdrawal decision a “huge Obama-like mistake”. And the UK government pushed back on the president’s assurance that IS had now been defeated. The Pentagon said it was transitioning to the “next phase of the campaign” to eliminate IS but did not provide further details. President Trump, who has long promised to pull American troops out of Syria, said on Twitter that it was time to bring them home after their “historic victories”. The White House would not give a timescale for the withdrawal but defence officials quoted by the New York Times said President Trump wanted it done within 30 days.