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Pentagon: ISIS will regain ground in Syria when US troops leave and will play troop withdrawal as a 'victory'

Mike Pompeo said President Trump's surprise decision to withdraw troops from Syria was a tactical change, not a change in the usa mission or commitment.

The hearing came the day after Trump railed against "endless wars" in his annual State of the Union address, making the case for drawing down the number of American troops fighting overseas and boosting up those deployed along the southern US border.

In December, Mr Trump announced the withdrawal of 2,000-plus U.S. troops from Syria.

Trump, in his address, insisted that coalition forces "have liberated virtually all of that territory from the grip of these bloodthirsty monsters", echoing his recent comments declaring victory in the Syria fight.

"We will not avert our eyes from a regime that chants "Death to America" and threatens genocide against the Jewish people", Trump said. "This is a special group of brilliant people and it's been an honor to work with you and we will continue to work with you because unfortunately, this is not going to be something that, as brilliant as our military is, knocking out the big big sections, they'll still have tiny sections - can be so unsafe".

President Donald Trump has criticized his predecessor's approach to fight against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), which he said was within a week of total defeat.

"Now, as we work with our allies to destroy the remnants of ISIS, it is time to give our courageous warriors in Syria a warm welcome home", he said, referring to his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from these countries.

A United States military official says the US-led military coalition has begun withdrawing troops from Syria.

The bill, which almost every Republican voted in favour of, warned that "a precipitous withdrawal" in Syria has the potential to create a vacuum that could be filled by Iran or Russian Federation.

"The drawdown of troops is essentially a tactical change-it is not a change in the mission".

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In announcing his decision to withdraw, Trump said the Islamic State in Syria has been sufficiently defeated - a claim disputed by multiple officials and experts. He said the fight is entering a new stage where those allied against IS must confront a "decentralized jihad" with more than military force.

"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", Trump said. Former Defense Secretary James Mattis also resigned. He credits their combined work against the Islamic State group and notes US forces are going to withdraw from Syria.

Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hit back at the accusations Wednesday morning, tweeting that "Iranians - including our Jewish compatriots - are commemorating 40 yrs of progress despite USA pressure, just as @realDonaldTrump again makes accusations against us".

"Now is the time for all of us, not just America, to put our money where our mouth is", Pompeo said.

Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi, at his weekly news conference late Tuesday, reminded Trump that there are no U.S. bases in Iraq and said he doesn't accept the idea of Iraq becoming an arena for fighting a neighboring country. His remarks came as Democrats who now control the House planned a series of probes into the Trump administration and a special prosecutor investigates Russian meddling into the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

On a phone call with reporters about the meeting, a senior United States official voiced optimism about the prospects of setting up a "safe zone" on the Turkish-Syrian border that may include an global force.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hosted foreign ministers at the State Department for talks on ISIS.

"Avoidance of power vacuums that could be exploited by terrorists to undermine Syria's territorial integrity and neighbors' national security will be essential", said Cavusoglu, as quoted by the state-run Anadolu news agency.

'I think that every American can be proud of the progress that we have made.and they can be confident that the USA and our coalition partners will continue to lean into the fight against any resurgence of ISIS in the future, ' he said.

"Decades ago, the United States entered into a treaty with Russian Federation in which we agreed to limit and reduce our missile capabilities", he said.

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