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White House orders the Pentagon to immediately withdraw troops from Syria

Reporting CBS News Correspondent David Martin, CBS News "Face the Nation" Hosted by Margaret Brennan, Alan He and Kathryn Watson The White House has ordered the Pentagon to immediately withdraw US troops from Syria, an American defense officer confirmed to CBS News correspondent David Martin. President Trump, who long wanted to withdraw troops from the war zone region, proposed on Twitter Wednesday that the Islamic state of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) were defeated and therefore there is no need to be there. "We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason to be there during the Trump Bureau," said Trump Wednesday morning without explicitly confirming an order to ensure withdrawal of troops. But the Pentagon was less definite about it, and Mr. Trump's own administration has suggested that the battle in Syria is not over. In addition, key senators argue that they were not informed of the decision in advance, which led to intense criticism from some of the strongest supporters of the president. "At this time, we continue to work with, with and through our partners in the region," told Pentagon spokesman Col. Rob Manning to reporters in a statement. When reporters asked deputy secretary for defense minister Pat Shanahan to comment on the reports of troops who departed from Syria, he replied: "I will not make any comments." About 2 dozen American diplomats also leave Syria, immediately effective. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a veteran of the American Air Force serving in Iraq and Afghanistan and now serving on the…

Reporting CBS News Correspondent David Martin, CBS News “Face the Nation” Hosted by Margaret Brennan, Alan He and Kathryn Watson

The White House has ordered the Pentagon to immediately withdraw US troops from Syria, an American defense officer confirmed to CBS News correspondent David Martin.

President Trump, who long wanted to withdraw troops from the war zone region, proposed on Twitter Wednesday that the Islamic state of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) were defeated and therefore there is no need to be there.

“We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason to be there during the Trump Bureau,” said Trump Wednesday morning without explicitly confirming an order to ensure withdrawal of troops.

But the Pentagon was less definite about it, and Mr. Trump’s own administration has suggested that the battle in Syria is not over. In addition, key senators argue that they were not informed of the decision in advance, which led to intense criticism from some of the strongest supporters of the president.

“At this time, we continue to work with, with and through our partners in the region,” told Pentagon spokesman Col. Rob Manning to reporters in a statement.

When reporters asked deputy secretary for defense minister Pat Shanahan to comment on the reports of troops who departed from Syria, he replied: “I will not make any comments.”

About 2 dozen American diplomats also leave Syria, immediately effective.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a veteran of the American Air Force serving in Iraq and Afghanistan and now serving on the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Foreign Ministry, said it’s “simply not true”. ISIS defeated in Syria.

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Two weeks ago, Special Envoy Brett McGurk said the end of ISIS will be a long-term initiative, and ” no one explains the mission achieved. “

Mr. Trump has long expressed a wish to withdraw troops from the warlike region, but was called upon to quickly withdraw US armed forces. Joint Managing Directors Gen. Joseph Dunford told Washington Post earlier this month that “we still have a long way to go” and “reluctant to give a definite time” when it comes to withdrawing from Syria. The President recently announced that Dunford will be replaced when his mandate expires in October 2019 by Secretary General Mark Milley.

In April, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said the administration had decided whether to get troops, although White House press secretary Sarah Sanders did not say at the time if it meant that troops would come home.

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Reports by the President’s intention to withdraw from Syria gave rise to intense criticism from Trump ally Sen. Lindsey Graham, who said pulling troops would be a “Obama-like mistake” – something Graham knows would insult the president. Vice President Mike Pence informed senators who expressed intense frustration not to be informed before the president made the decision. Some said they learned from the media decision.

Graham said he told Pence that “if Obama had done that, we would all go nuts … I want the hearing as soon as possible to find out where this decision was made on the basis of sound military advice or was it?

Then, Bob Corker, the Republican President of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, told reporters: “I do not feel there was any interagency process.”

“I felt very much for the vice president to he spoke with points and that’s only there is no way he can really defend. He did what a loyal soldier would do, but it was not resonance, Corker said as well.

– CBS News “Eleanor Watson contributed to this report

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this report said that Gen. Dunford had been replaced by Gen. Mark Milley as Joint Managing Chairman, but his term does not end until October 2019.

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