Mike Pompeo says USA will continue to fight Islamic State

Mike Pompeo says USA will continue to fight Islamic State

Mike Pompeo says USA will continue to fight Islamic State

Iran's foreign minister is pushing back after U.S. President Donald Trump said the country does "bad, bad things" and appeared to link it to the deadly attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue previous year by an American anti-Semite.

A convoy of United States troops drive along a road leading to the front line with Turkish-backed fighters in north Syria, March 31, 2018.

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"It simply represents a new stage in an old fight", Pompeo said, adding that although progress has been made in defeating ISIL, the group remained a risky threat. He merely claimed that the global coalition was close to freeing all of the territory in Iraq and Syria from ISIS' rule.

Asked about a recent CNN report detailing how USA supplied military equipment provided to Saudi Arabia and the UAE was winding up in the hands of local militias in Yemen, Votel said, "We have not authorized Saudi Arabia or the Emirates to re-transfer any of this equipment to other parties on the ground in Yemen". West said only: "No, sir". And they warned that even once the last of the IS-held territory was liberated, the terror group still would have as many as another 30,000 fighters and supporters dispersed throughout Syria and Iraq.

Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali al-Hakim also asked coalition partners to consider "the integrity of Syrian territory to maintain the great victory".

While the withdrawal would fulfill a Trump goal, USA military leaders have pushed back for months, arguing IS remains a threat and could regroup.

The Republican-led US Senate backed largely symbolic legislation on Monday that broke with President Donald Trump by opposing plans for any abrupt withdrawal of troops from Syria and Afghanistan. Since the December 19 announcement, then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resigned and was replaced by his then-deputy Patrick Shanahan in an acting capacity.

Trump also highlighted his decision earlier this week to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russian Federation, and of his priorities for creating a new arms control framework in its place.

Votel would not commit to a timeline for the withdrawal.

Opening the conference, Pompeo described Trump's troop pullout as a "tactical change" with extremists increasingly scattered around the world. Angus King, I-Maine, asked.

The administration has also since shifted its plans for what a withdrawal from Syria will look like or when it will happen, raising fierce concerns on both sides of the political aisle. "That's a pretty bad sign", said Sen. I said go at it.

In December, a US official said Trump was planning to withdraw more than 5,000 USA troops in Afghanistan, triggering worries about whether a smaller force would be able to fulfill missions under way and stabilize the country.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who rarely breaks from Trump, introduced the non-binding amendment passed on Tuesday.

The vote captured the widening gulf between Trump's view of foreign policy and the upper chamber.

Although he would later slow down the timetable for the troop withdrawal, the president still wants United States troops to leave Syria.

"If they are slaughtered by the Turks, it will be a stain on the honor of this country that will persist" and hurt our ability to attract allies in future, King said. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., a combat pilot veteran, wrote to Trump, requesting he stay away from such a move.

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