Trump will bring troops home from Syria 'slowly'

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The official, speaking on condition of anonymity to reporters in Rio de Janeiro as Netanyahu continues his state visit to Brazil, said the premier made the request during a recent phone call with Trump, after the U.S. leader announced plans to remove troops from the war-torn Arab country.

"Iran is pulling people out of Syria".

President Donald Trump on Monday attacked former military leaders who have criticized his assorted foreign policy moves as "failed generals".

"I think we're slowing things down in a smart way", he told reporters.

"We're going to discuss the intense cooperation between Israel and the United States, which will also deal with the questions following the decision, the American decisions on Syria, on how to intensify even further our intelligence and operations cooperation in Syria and elsewhere to block Iranian aggression in the Middle East", Netanyahu said.

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During a lightning visit to U.S. troops based in Iraq last week, Trump said the United States would no longer be the world's "policeman".

Contradicting Trump's claim, France's defence minister said on 20 December that IS had been weakened but not been wiped from the map in Syria and that the fight to defeat them definitively in their remaining pockets needed to carry on. We will work closely together to make sure we get this right. "Just doing what I said I was going to do!" the president said.

The People's Protection Units (YPG), the main Kurdish militia in Syria, last week invited regime forces to deploy to the key city following a shock announcement that American troops would leave the country.

Islamic State, or ISIS, is "mostly gone", he said, and the U.S. is slowly pulling out, "while at the same time fighting ISIS remnants".

On Sunday, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who had expressed concern about Trump's pullout, emerged from a two-hour lunch meeting with the president to say Trump 'understands the need to finish the job'.

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On when USA forces would leave Syria, Trump said: "I don't want to be in Syria forever", adding that "Iran can do what they want in Syria, frankly".

Saying that the Taliban and Islamic State terrorists are "fighting each other" in parts of Afghanistan, he said he told the generals, "Why don't you let them fight?"

In response to the uproar, Trump national security advisor John Bolton will soon visit allies Turkey and Israel, which each have their own complex goals in Syria's multi-dimensional civil war.

Bolton's spokesman, Garrett Marquis, said in a statement Monday that Bolton will be joined in Turkey by Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and James Jeffrey, the secretary of state's special representative for Syria engagement.

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