Senate passes Middle East policy bill rebuking Trump

Pentagon: ISIS will regain ground in Syria when US troops leave and will play troop withdrawal as a 'victory'

Iraqi President Says Trump Did Not Ask Permission To 'Watch Iran'

"I was not consulted".

Taleblu said the United States would need to maintain American troops in positions blocking Iranian supply routes and support Israeli strikes on Tehran-backed weapons transfers through Syria to be effective.

The coalition gave conflicting assessments of IS strength and capabilities, reporting at the end of December that it "remains a battle-hardened and well-disciplined force", with high morale and "unfazed by Coalition airstrikes", only to say its morale was "trending downward" in January.

Speaking at the State Department, Trump said that US-led troops and their Kurdish allies had "liberated virtually all of the territory" from the jihadists who once controlled a vast stretch of Syria and Iraq in a self-styled caliphate.

"The drawdown of troops is essentially a tactical change - it is not a change in the mission", Pompeo said in his opening remarks. "As I read it, it recognizes. his effort for us to examine exactly what we are doing in these places", Risch said.

Some Democrats had anxious Monday's vote could be seen as lending new legal backing to the 2001 authorization for the use of military force against al Qaeda - legislation that has since been stretched to cover USA military intervention in more than a dozen countries, including Syria.

Underlying the safety fears, the Pentagon appears increasingly anxious that sectarianism is hampering Iraq's ability to get its government and security forces in order following IS' defeat.

Meanwhile, a report by a U.S. defence department watchdog cited Central Command as saying that without sustained pressure IS "could likely resurge in Syria within six to 12 months".

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Zarif tweeted that "Iranians - including our Jewish compatriots - are commemorating 40 yrs of progress despite United States pressure, just as @realDonaldTrump again makes accusations against us". "But we're-yeah, they'll be coming back in a matter of time". "We might as well keep it", he said, referring to the Ain al-Asad airbase in western Iraq that he visited in December a year ago. And the other side would like to do the same thing.

"U.S. hostility has led it to support dictators, butchers & extremists, who've only brought ruin to our region", Zarif wrote.

"In this new era, local law enforcement and information sharing will be crucial, and our fight will not necessarily always be military-led", he said.

Iraqi political figures roundly criticized Trump in the wake of a Sunday interview on CBS' "Face the Nation". "And one of the reasons I want to keep it is because I want to be looking a little bit at Iran because Iran is a real problem".

Pompeo said, "To that end, we ask that our coalition partners seriously and rapidly consider requests that will enable our efforts to continue". Those are seen as efforts to reassure allies anxious about shifts in US policy, including Trump's Syria plan.

He said the world was entering "an era of decentralised jihad", and said the U.S. would call on its allies for help "very soon". The administration's nominee to serve as U.S. envoy to Iraq has yet to have a Senate hearing, leaving less senior State and National Security Council officials in charge of the file.

While the USA military stopped providing aerial refueling to coalition warplanes in November, the U.S. continues limited intelligence sharing aimed at countering Houthi missile and drone attacks against Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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