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President Trump says he's willing to keep troops in Syria - for now

President Trump says he's willing to keep troops in Syria - for now”

With a decision seemingly imminent about whether to bring home U.S. troops from Syria, President Donald Trump's national security team is advising against a hasty withdrawal even as he makes his preference clear: "I want to get out".

On the other hand, the director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, commented that the White House would launch a statement "soon" about his decision to bring home the troops in Syria, although he did not clarify the content of the new indications of the ruler.

The White House statement came the day after Trump met with national security aides to discuss the future of the United States. role in Syria.

The main Islamic State holdout in Syria is in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour, where momentum by the USA -backed Syrian Democratic Forces has stalled in recent weeks as many Kurdish members of the group have shifted west to the Afrin area to fight Turkish forces.

Trump said Tuesday that he expected to decide "very quickly" whether to remove U.S. troops from war-torn Syria, saying that their primary mission was to defeat ISIS and that "we've nearly completed that task".

On Tuesday, at a press conference with the leaders of three Baltic nations, Mr Trump repeated his view that the U.S. must "get out" of Syria "very soon".

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters on Monday that Moscow is concerned that the United States has been "gaining a serious foothold" on the east bank of the Euphrates River despite Trump's earlier promises that the USA would leave when the Islamic State group is defeated.

President Donald Trump signaled Tuesday countries that want the U.S.to remain in Syria may have to pay for the continued military presence, singling out Saudi Arabia. The Pentagon and State Department, however, have suggested a much longer-term effort is necessary.

Trump said during the session on Tuesday that he wants to defeat ISIS but that the costs of stabilizing Syria must be borne by regional players.

"We are in Syria to fight ISIS (IS)", he said at a public event in Washington.

"As we got ready to go into Mosul eighteen months ago, we tried to make sure that our military planning was very closely aligned to our development of stabilization planning and the humanitarian aspects that have gone along with that, as well as with the political planning that had to take place", the general said.

"It's time", Trump responded when asked if he wanted to withdraw USA troops. Yet Votel and other USA commanders also acknowledge that Turkey's intervention in the Syria conflict in January to overrun the Kurdish enclave in Afrin has "slowed down" operations against IS.

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The Times of Israel reported on Wednesday that Israel voiced concerns over US plans to withdraw from the war-torn country, a move Israel fears will strengthen the Assad regime and its main patron Iran.

He evaluated the trilateral meeting between Iran, Turkey and Russian Federation as "positive and constructive" and added, "today, we are witnessing very strong relationship between Iran, Syria, Turkey and Russian Federation in all levels in a way that such consolidation has been created in line with fighting against ISIS and terrorist groups in the region".

Speaking at the U.S. Institute of Peace on Tuesday, Army Gen. Joseph Votel did not sound like a guy who was planning on pulling American forces out of Syria.

Trump's remarks appeared to contradict the rhetoric on Syria from other top United States officials. We've had a tremendous military success against ISIS, as you know.

He reportedly surprised Pentagon officials when he said at an OH event last week that the U.S.

And Iran would be free to extend its role to the Iraqi border, creating a continuous zone of influence between Teheran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah, which has also deployed to Syria. Last year, the powers agreed to set up "de-escalation areas" in western Idlib province, north of Homs province, parts of Deraa and Quneitra provinces in southern Syria and Eastern Ghouta near Damascus, which has come under heavy bombardment.

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As Trump was meeting his commanders in Washington, the presidents of Turkey, Russia and Iran were issuing a joint statement calling for a "lasting ceasefire" in Syria.



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