President Donald Trump says the United States will withdraw troops from Syria "very soon".
Speaking at a joint news conference with leaders of the Baltic nations, Trump also suggested that Saudi Arabia may pay for USA troops if it wants them to stay in Syria. "That is our mission, and our mission isn't over, and we are going to complete that mission", McGurk said.
U.S. Master Sgt. Johnathan Dunbar was working with coalition forces "conducting a mission to kill or capture a known ISIS member when they were struck by an improvised explosive device" in the city of Manbij, Pentagon spokesman Maj.
"We'll be making a decision very quickly, in coordination with others in the area, as to what we'll do", the president said.
Trump's remarks follow comments last week when he vowed US forces would shortly quit Syria, a position at odds with establishment doctrine that a premature pullout from the war-torn nation would have far-reaching negative consequences. He said that no final decision has been made, however.
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State media say 41,000 people have also been evacuated to Idlib under deals between Ahrar al-Sham and Faylaq al-Rahman. The Syrian army last week warned the insurgents to surrender or face a military assault to drive them out.
"I want to get out, I want to bring the troops back home, I want to start rebuilding our nation", Trump said Tuesday during a news conference at the White House with leaders of Baltic nations. "It's a disgusting thing".
Trump said he would consult with allies and suggested that Saudi Arabia might pay the bill for US troops being there.
That effort that has been slowed as US -backed Kurdish fighters shift their focus away from Islamic State toward a Turkish offensive against Kurdish allies elsewhere in Syria's complex, multi-pronged civil war, now in its eighth year. Leaving Syria too soon has raised concerns among some officials of a possible ISIS resurgence in the country. Last week during an event in OH, the president also mentioned the idea.
"The larger strategic mistake is thinking that the continued presence of U.S. forces is going to produce stability", said Andrew Bacevich, professor emeritus of worldwide relations and history at Boston College and a retired Army colonel. Since 20 September, 2014, when operations in Syria began, the United States has spent an average of $14.3 million a day on operations there and in neighboring Iraq, according to the Pentagon.