Trump will bring troops home from Syria 'slowly'

Senator Lindsey Graham listens during a press conference at the US Capitol in Washington DC on US President Donald Trump's decision to remove US military forces from

Iraqi warplanes hit a meeting of leaders of the militant Islamic State group near Deir al-Zor in Syria on Monday, destroying the building they were gathered in, the military said in a statement, without giving further details about the militants targeted. To Iran, who hates ISIS more than we do.

Following the Kurds" liberation of Manbij from IS in August 2016, Turkey invaded Syria in a military operation dubbed "Euphrates Shield', capturing a swath of territory in the north. Mediation by Russian Federation and the United States prevented a direct conflict between the Turkish-backed militias and Kurds in Manbij at the time, but Ankara has continued to insist on a Kurdish withdrawal beyond the Euphrates ever since.

He also said that the United States would get out from Syria "over a period of time", claiming that he never gave a four-month timetable for this withdrawal.

When he announced he was pulling troops from Syria, Trump said the withdrawal would be rapid.

"If anybody but Donald Trump did what I did in Syria, which was an ISIS loaded mess when I became President, they would be a national hero", Trump tweeted. "Number one, make sure that ISIS never comes back in Syria", he said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union".

Graham suggested to reporters on Sunday after having lunch with Trump that the President now better understands the stakes in Syria and, for now, has agreed to reevaluate his plans to immediately withdraw all USA troops from the country. "ISIS is mostly gone, we're slowly sending our troops back home to be with their families, while at the same time fighting ISIS remnants", Trump tweeted.

Trump's defense secretary Jim Mattis resigned over the decision to leave Syria, as did the administration's special envoy to the anti-IS coalition, Brett McGurk.

"The last thing in the world we want is a war for Turkey and the Kurds", Graham said.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Trump's withdrawal plans and if there were any official changes to them.

He said: "I shouldn't be popular in Europe".

The prime minister told the press ahead of the meeting-held in Brazil's capital after the inauguration of the country's new president, Jair Bolsonaro-the main topics of discussion was to be with the withdrawal of USA troops from Syria and Iranian attempts to establish a military presence in the war-torn country.

On when United States forces would leave Syria, Trump said: "I don't want to be in Syria forever", adding that "Iran can do what they want in Syria, frankly". But the new timeline for the US exit remains unclear.

Saying that the Taliban and Islamic State terrorists are "fighting each other" in parts of Afghanistan, he said he told the generals, "Why don't you let them fight?"

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