Timetable of Trump's pullout from Syria being questioned

Geneva Stokes
January 3, 2019

The US-led coalition launched its first raids against Islamic State in September, 2014, more than two years before Trump won the US election.

Arab states, including some that once backed rebels against President Bashar al-Assad, are seeking to reconcile with him after decisive gains by his forces in the war, aiming to expand their clout in Syria at the expense of non-Arab Turkey and Iran. To Iran, who hates ISIS more than we do.

Graham described those modifications in general terms, as he affirmed, "I've never felt better about where we are headed" in Syria.

Trump announced less than two weeks ago that he meant to withdraw the troops that are now in Syria.

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

At the height of the Vietnam War, Trump was given a deferment from getting drafted by the military thanks to a doctor's note claiming that Trump had "bone spurs" in his feet.

However, Mr Trump said he did want to "protect" US-backed Kurdish fighters in the country as Washington draws down its 2,000 troops, which would happen "over a period of time". "Just doing what I said I was going to do!"

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Paul's noninterventionist foreign policy vision "is not only unsafe for our national security but bad politics as well". Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., says Trump needs to reconsider pulling American troops out of Syria.

Trump did not specify which generals he was referring to but his outgoing defense secretary, Marine Corps General James Mattis, resigned following the withdrawal announcement, issuing a barbed resignation letter in the process.

The president wanted to withdraw troops from Syria for a while, saying in April, "I want to get out" at a press conference, adding that "I want to bring our troops back home". "ISIS is mostly gone, we're slowly sending our troops back home to be with their families", Trump wrote, in part. "They're going to Russian Federation, who hates ISIS more than we do", he said, using a different acronym for IS.

"The impromptu announcement of the USA withdrawal from (Syria) caused a lot of questions", French Defense Minister Florence Parly said Monday on a visit to French personnel stationed in Jordan.

In this file photo taken on July 18, 2017 French Defence Minister Florence Parly walks by a French Rafale fighter jet during a visit to a military base in Jordan.

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.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a Trump backer and leading voice on national security and foreign affairs on Capitol Hill, had lunch with the president Sunday and emerged from the White House saying that Trump was slowing down the withdrawal from Syria.

Trump also touched on his thoughts on Kurdish groups fighting in Syria, saying the United States should "protect the Kurds" but called the country "sand and death".

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