closevideo what’s to come from the US military withdrawal from Syria? Kurds could be in danger of possible attacks from Turkey
Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy for the global coalition to defeat the Islamic state (ISIS), has resigned in the Wake of President Trump the decision of the US to pull troops from Syria, Fox News confirmed Saturday-coming on the heels of the resignation of Minister of defense of Jim Mattis in the beginning of this week.
U.S. officials said this week that the Trump management is making plans, pulling out all the 2000 troops from Syria, and Trump later tweeted, “we have defeated ISIS in Syria, my sole reason for his presence during the Trump presidency.”
Ground troops moved into Syria in 2015 to combat ISIS in the region, in the midst of an escalating civil war in Syria. Trump had spoken, before pulling out of Syria, but military leaders had warned about ISIS re-emerging, the US should do that. There is also concern about the task the U.S. ” Kurdish allies.
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On Thursday, Trump announced that Mattis retired in February. Mattis’ resignation letter said that Trump had the right to a defense Secretary, “whose views, the better with you” on the policy. Sources told Fox News this week, Mattis’ resignation “in protest” of the President of the national security policy, and the tail was kicking.
US envoy for the coalition against the Islamic state, Brett McGurk, the Kuwait internationally respected conference for the reconstruction of Iraq, in Bayan, Kuwait 13. February 2018. REUTERS/Stephanie McGehee
The Associated Press, which first reported the McGurk’s withdrawal, reported that he said, in a notice Minister Mike Pompeo, the ISIS was on the run writing on the outside, but was not yet defeated and that the United States work in Syria was not yet ready. Fox News has learned that McGurk submitted his resignation letter on Friday, a day after the Secretary Mattis resigned. His resignation will become effective on the 31.
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McGurk, appointed by former President Barack Obama in the year 2015, said in a Feb. 11 press conference that it “is to consider easily defeated direction” of ISIS and that of the “permanent defeat of a group like this is, you can not only defeat, their physical space and then go again.”
“No one says you disappear. No one is so naive,” he told reporters. “So we want to stay on the ground and ensure that the stability can be maintained in these areas.”
An official told the Associated Press that McGurk had to leave the planning, the job in mid-February, but it was felt, after Trump the decision and Mattis’ resignation.
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McGurk previously served as deputy assistant secretary of state for Iraq and Iran, and secret side led talks with Iran over the release of American prisoners during the negotiations on the Iran nuclear deal.
McGurk previously, a Supreme Court law clerk to the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist. He had also served on former President George W. Bush’s National Security Council staff, where in the years 2007 and 2008, he was the lead U.S. negotiator on security agreements with Iraq.
McGurk’s departure is the latest sign of criticism of Trump’s allies in his government and in the Congress for the decision.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S. C., recently trump for his decision blasted to pull troops from Syria, calling it an “Obama-as-decision” – an allusion to Obama’s to draw a decision troops from Iraq in 2011. In return, Trump fired back, saying it was difficult to understand why Graham would life against the saving of countless people.
To believe “So hard that Lindsey Graham against saving soldier lives & billions of $$$. Why do we fight our enemy, Syria, stay & killing ISIS, Russia, Iran and other locals? Time, our country and our youth back home, where you belong!” Trump tweeted.
On Saturday, Trump said that ISIS is “largely defeated”, and that other countries could take care of the Turkey, whatever is left of it.
“We get home!” he tweeted.
Fox News’ Nicholas Kalman, and Jennifer Griffin, Ben Florance and The Associated Press contributed to this report.