Donald Trump promises Syria pullout, but sets no end date

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The White House said in a statement on Wednesday the United States military mission to eradicate IS "is coming to a rapid end, with ISIS being nearly completely destroyed".

President Trump surprised many of his military commanders this week when he abruptly said that he wanted to withdraw USA troops from Syria, claiming the Islamic State was largely defeated.

US President Donald Trump has said that Saudi Arabia might have to pay if it wants continuing US presence in Syria. "And that is stabilizing these areas, consolidating our gains, getting people back into their homes, addressing the long-term issues of reconstruction and other things that have to be done".

Pahon said that now that the active fight against ISIS is drawing down, the USA is pivoting to civilian reconstruction efforts, clearing IEDs, and rebuilding civilian infrastructure.

"The United States and our partners remain committed to eliminating the small ISIS presence in Syria that our forces have not already eradicated", it added. "Very soon, very soon, we're coming out", he said.

"Daesh (IS) is present in the shared area between us, and this points to the possibility of conditions arising that would pave the way for joint actions against Daesh (IS)", he said.

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CNN reported earlier that Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said in a breakfast with reporters that a decision was made Tuesday at the White House over whether to withdraw from Syria.

An anonymous USA defense official told CNN last week that it was "unclear what the President meant by the comments".

Syrian boys, right, sit on a pickup truck as they travel next to a USA vehicle, on a road leading to the tense front line with Turkish-backed fighters, in Manbij, north Syria, March 31, 2018.

Over recent weeks, the Trump administration has sent mixed messages about the US presence in Syria, leading to uncertainty in Israel.

Trump had signalled his desire to get United States forces out of Syria in a speech last Thursday in OH, and officials said he had privately been pressing for an early withdrawal in talks with his national security aides.

The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that the United States president had instructed military leaders to prepare to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria but did not agree to a timeline by which to do so.

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Turkey, Russia and Iran pledge Wednesday to speed up efforts to ensure calm on the ground and fight against separatism in Syria. Iran's continued presence in Syria is especially troubling to neighboring Israel, a U.S. ally that regards Iran as an existential threat.

He also pointed out that in addition to the military aspect of U.S. operations in the country, other parts of the USA government like the State Department and USAID are also active in reconciliation efforts, recovering water access, and rebuilding the power grids in destroyed towns and cities.

On Wednesday, as the White House pondered withdrawal, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani were meeting in Ankara to coordinate their next steps in Syria's seven-year-old civil war.

The statement offered no timeline for a troop withdrawal, nor did it change the US policy in Syria - which has been for the approximately 2,000 American forces there to train, advise, and assist Syrian Democratic Forces in the fight against ISIS. The White House then froze $200 million in USA assistance earmarked for Syria recovery efforts.

"We are in Syria to fight Isis".

"When we let one regime off the hook, others take notice", said Haley.

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