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Iraqis call for US troops to be expelled after Trump's remarks

Iraqis call for US troops to be expelled after Trump's remarks

Addressing a gathering of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS in Washington, Trump said Wednesday that the us -led campaign to defeat ISIS was a "mess" before he took office in January 2017. "North Korea summit planned late this month will become a meaningful one and we hope to continue to cooperate with the United States so that we can coordinate our policies", Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press briefing Wednesday.

Maine's Sen. Angus King, an independent, asked the general, "So, you weren't consulted before that decision was announced?"

Mr Trump gave remarks at the State Department to foreign ministers and senior officials from a 79-member US-led coalition battling the so-called Islamic State group.

The president's sudden decision shocked coalition partners, including an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias that has been among the most effective against Islamic State, and prompted the abrupt resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

"The fight against ISIS and violent extremists is not over and our mission has not changed", Votel said. "I'll get it built", Trump said in his State of the Union speech.

Since losing the urban strongholds of Mosul, Iraq, and Raqqa, Syria, at the hands of the USA and allied local forces, the militants' standing army has been entirely beaten in Iraq and isolated to a mere pocket of territory in Syria's far east, where a separate campaign waged by the Syrian government and its Russian and Iranian allies have also devastated ISIS.

He appeared to be referring to the Al-Asad air base in western Iraq, where he paid a brief visit to United States forces in December.

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On Monday, the Pentagon published a report which said Daesh could make a resurgence in the region without counterterrorism pressure. In September, the State Department closed the US Consulate in the southern city of Basra after an Iran-backed group launched a rocket attack against the facility. "We do not know whether we will achieve an agreement - but we do know that after two decades of war, the hour has come to at least try for peace". "We've all agreed that this is a critical national security and humanitarian priority, so now is the time for all of us - not just America - to put our money where our mouth is", Pompeo told the coalition.

Kurdish lawmaker Sarkawt Shams tweeted that the mission of U.S. troops in Iraq was "to help Iraqi security forces against terrorism, not "watching" others".

Votel said that he has not been given "additional tasks" with regard to the U.S. military mission in Iraq.

Iraqi political figures roundly criticized Trump in the wake of a Sunday interview on CBS' "Face the Nation".

"But I want to wait for the official word". Those are seen as efforts to reassure allies anxious about shifts in USA policy, including Trump's Syria plan.

According to the IG report, most of the military commanders' replies to the IG's January questions were classified, but Votel's command provided one overarching conclusion that was not classified.

"We are still ready to accept America's... repentance despite the fact that for years it has done injustice to us", he told foreign diplomats in Tehran during a ceremony to mark the 40th anniversary of Iran's Islamic Revolution. But the SDF is "heavily reliant" on USA military support and "unable to conduct offensive operations" that are "meaningful" without American air power, the report said.

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