CentCom Commander: 'I Was Not Aware' of Syria Withdrawal Announcement

U.S. President TRump makes a visit to the Ain al Asad base in Iraq the day after Christmas 2018

However, Trump's sudden announcement in December that he would withdraw USA forces from Syria alarmed allies and many current and former US officials, who worry that Islamic State militants remain a threat.

Senior Republican leaders and a number of key Democrats said they want a delay and reevaluation of Trump's order to withdraw usa special forces from Syria. "Certainly, we are aware that he had expressed a desire and intent in the past to depart".

Votel was asked at Tuesday's hearing whether he was asked for his advice about a Syria withdrawal before Trump announced his decision. Trump has recently insisted he wants to keep troops in neighbouring Iraq in order to "watch Iran".

"We were not, I was not consulted", Votel responded.

While singling out the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as "tenacious fighters", the inspector general noted the threat of a Turkish invasion against these US-backed forces, as Ankara views them to be linked to Turkish separatists.

Senators, including prominent Republicans, inflicted a resounding rebuke to the president in December, holding the Saudi crown prince responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi after the Trump administration had been largely supportive of Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

"Members of parliament's security, defence and foreign relations committees are now working hard to determine the exact number and real mission of the United States forces in Iraq", a high-level Iraqi government source told The New Arab's Arabic edition.

The general offered that caution hours before Trump's State of the Union address to Congress, in which the president may boast that the USA and allies have eliminated Islamic State's "caliphate", its hold on a huge swath of territory in Syria and Iraq.

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Some experts believe that means the extensive effort needed to help the Iraqi army recover from the IS fight should push the Pentagon to keep USA troops focused on a training mission instead of hunting down militants.

'It is now time to start coming home and, after many years, spending our money wisely, ' Trump wrote on Twitter. He added that he would wait for clarifications from Washington on the numbers and nature of the USA troops' mission in his country. He added that details about the pace of that withdrawal are now being developed with USA allies and partners.

According to two USA officials, the number of US personnel inside Syria has increased to 3,000 as additional personnel have entered Syria to prepare for the exit of troops and equipment.

"Don't overburden Iraq with your own issues", Salih said.

But during his visit to the Iraqi air base Trump said he had "no plans at all" to remove US forces from Iraq.

"When I took office, ISIS controlled more than 20,000 square miles in Iraq and Syria".

Iraqi politicians allied to Iran or the influential Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr, a long-time adversary of the U.S. who also opposes Iranian influence in Iraq, have for weeks been calling on the government to remove of all foreign troops from the country.

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