US President Donald Trump's decision to pull troops out of Syria came under renewed pressure after a suicide attack claimed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the terrorist group which he said a month ago was effectively defeated.
"We announce that, with the help of the International Coalition, we will escalate our military operations to destroy the remnants of the Daesh organization and chase its sleeper cells", read a statement from the SDF general command on Thursday using an Arabic acronym for ISIS. "The latter position is more likely to have impact on policy". But since only three of the declared or potential 2020 candidates - Sen. "And I'm now seeing it in Syria", said Republican Sen. American officials also have expressed concern about abandoning Kurds who fought alongside US troops.
The decision injected new uncertainty into the eight-year-long Syrian war and spurred a flurry of contacts over how a resulting security vacuum will be filled across northern and eastern Syria where the US forces are stationed. The Kurds now hold the former ISIS stronghold in the northeast, but Syrian President Bashar Assad wants it back.
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On Afghanistan, Sanders called for an orderly end to the intervention and noted US troops have been in the country for almost 18 years.
The concern is that the U.S.is again pulling out before a radical group has been fully defeated, and that ISIS could regroup. We've beaten them and we've beaten them badly.
Wednesday's attack showed ISIS could still strike in a place the USA and its Kurdish partners felt was under control.
The incident represents the latest hurdle to Mr Trump's goal of bringing U.S. troops home from intractable Middle East conflicts.
Administration officials have this month suggested the Syria drawdown will happen more slowly than Trump initially suggested.
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"You think what you want about "those people" over there - they've had enough of killing", the senator added.
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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) last week revealed that more than 2,000 civilians, along with almost 200 ISIS members embedded among them, fled the Deir ez-Zor region, a former Islamic State stronghold in the country's east. Abdul Rahman, Director of the SOHR, claimed that at least 20,000 people-including ISIS fighters and mercenaries from places such as Iraq and Somalia-have left the area since the beginning of December. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.): Troops should withdraw, but not the way Trump is doing it.
Duncan Farmer said they knew Jonathan, a Green Beret, was in Syria, but "we didn't know exactly where". He said the troops would begin coming home "now".
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"Today, our president held a phone conversation with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump".
Erdogan had previously warned Trump against backtracking on his pledge to withdraw some 2,000 USA forces out of Syria, arguing that otherwise it would mean that ISIS had won. In her tweets, Gabbard also said there was a "hysterical reaction" to the withdrawal and claimed Sen.
In July, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., visited the area.
Gabbard is a longtime apologist for Bashar Assad, even meeting with him in 2017, and has been heavily critical of USA intelligence linking him to crimes such as deadly chemical attacks in Syria.