Pompeo says Islamic State still a menace in Syria


As President Donald Trump prepares to reaffirm in Tuesday night's State of the Union address both victory over the Islamic State and a call for withdrawing American troops from foreign battlefields, a new Pentagon report says the terrorist group is still strong and would get stronger once us troops leave Syria.

"This is the next battle for our democracy, one where all eligible citizens can have their say about the vision we want for our country", Abrams said.

He said his administration was holding constructive talks with a number of groups, including Taliban militants.

Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis was right to disagree with President Donald Trump over his plan to withdraw United States troops from Syria, a top civilian official at the Pentagon told congressional lawmakers on Wednesday. Trump told coalition members meeting at the State Department that while "remnants" of the group were still unsafe, he was determined to bring U.S. troops home. The move has received bipartisan pushback from officials and politicians who have feared an ISIS resurgence and growing Iranian influence in the region, but Trump said there were only "remnants" of the group left and, while "remnants can be very risky", he looked forward to welcoming USA troops home.

Trump has met with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un once before, and during the speech, he announced that a second meeting was scheduled in Vietnam on February 27-28.

NBC News first disclosed the IG's fundamental finding.

"The coalition must continue to support the government of Iraq in its efforts to secure the liberated areas of that country", Pompeo said. "Mr".

His rhetoric toward Iran was much stronger, remaining consistent with the tone he has struck since before becoming president when he was strongly critical of the global agreement that limited Iran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

"We will not avert our eyes from a regime that chants "death to America" and threatens genocide against the Jewish people".

His comments sparked a new round of demands in Baghdad for United States forces to leave the country.

The United States also has a large air base in Iraqi Kurdistan, but experts told Al-Monitor it's not clear that air operations from that site or monitoring from al-Asad could effectively disrupt Iran-backed supply lines, which are strung up along air, maritime and land-based corridors throughout the region. Russia, along with Turkey and Iran, is a guarantor of the ceasefire in Syria.

Iraqi officials have criticized Trump's comments, saying that the U.S. was in Iraq at the invitation of Baghdad and that its military presence should not be used against Iran.

Trump's comments appear to have further inflamed tensions in Iraq over the continued presence of U.S. troops after the defeat of the Islamic State group. He says Russian Federation violated the pact, which Russian Federation denies.

He said he was willing to negotiate a different agreement, adding China and others.

Monday's report, on the other hand, matches the reasoning of U.S. intelligence chiefs last week that IS will rise again in the absence of United States troops - although only in the limited area near its current holdout, rather than Syria and Iraq as a whole.

Senate Republicans seldom buck Trump on anything, but they have become increasingly agitated lately over his administration's foreign policy.