In a stunning move, but keeping with a campaign promise made during the 2016 presidential campaign, President Trump decided to remove all U.S. combat forces from Syria.
A day after President Trump’s surprise visit to American forces in Iraq and Germany, questions persisted about whether he had jeopardized the political neutrality of the U.S. military by leveling partisan attacks and signing red “Make America Great Again” hats for the troops.
President Trump said he has no plans to withdraw American forces from Iraq, a week after announcing a surprise pullout of troops from Syria and ordering the Pentagon to bring home roughly half of the American forces deployed to Afghanistan.
Israeli leaders have lauded Donald Trump for his list of decisions in support of their country since taking office, but the mercurial president's withdrawal of US troops from Syria will not rank among them.
Defense Secretary James Mattis’ resignation ‘stuns,’ concerns lawmakers: ‘He will not be easy to replace’
Defense Secretary James Mattis gave President Trump his notice on Thursday — a move that has given lawmakers across both sides of the aisle some cause for concern. In a signed resignation letter, which was released by the Pentagon, Mattis said he would remain in the role through Feb. 28, closing out a 2-year working relationship with Trump.
The U.S. decision to withdraw from Syria will allow Islamic State to regroup at a critical stage in the conflict, Washington's Kurdish partners said on Thursday, after Western allies expressed alarm at the sudden move.
The U.S. military is preparing to withdraw its forces from Syria, people familiar with the matter said Wednesday, a move that marks an abrupt reversal of the American military strategy in the Middle East.
The collapse of the Soviet Union ended Russia as a superpower, eventually leading to Moscow’s full withdrawal from the Middle East, but decades later President Vladimir Putin would reverse this trajectory by reinserting itself back into the region.