CentCom Commander: 'I Was Not Aware' of Syria Withdrawal Announcement

Donald Trump made the announcement during his State of the Union address

After that country's opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, declared himself president (reportedly at the urging of Vice President Mike Pence), the Trump administration quickly recognized him as the legitimate head of state, withdrawing its recognition of the embattled, increasingly authoritarian regime of Nicolas Maduro.

While singling out the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as "tenacious fighters", the inspector-general noted the threat of a Turkish invasion against these US-backed forces, as Ankara views them to be linked to Turkish separatists.

A source familiar with Trump's plans also confirmed to Politico that he planned to announce the summit during the address.

In December, a U.S. official said Trump was planning to withdraw more than 5,000 usa troops in Afghanistan, triggering worries about whether a smaller force would be able to fulfil missions underway and stabilise the country.

Under questioning from Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA, a Democratic presidential contender, Votel said that "we have no observations of our own" to confirm an Associated Press report of torture and abuse in detention centers in Yemen operated by the United Arab Emirates.

Since Trump's announcement, the USA military has removed some equipment and supplies from Syria, though no US troops have left.

In an interview with CBS News broadcast on Sunday, Trump said the USA troops in Syria would be departing soon.

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In addition to support for Israel, the legislation signals strong sentiment among politicians for continuing the limited United States military engagement in Syria. Washington's goal for the talks February 27-28 is for North Korea to agree give up its nuclear weapons.

The commander of US Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, said Tuesday he "was not consulted" prior to President Donald Trump's December announcement that the US would withdraw its troops from Syria.

'Absent sustained (counterterrorism) pressure, ISIS could likely resurge in Syria within six to 12 months and regain limited territory, ' the report from the Pentagon's inspector general said. ISIS remains an active insurgent group in both Iraq and Syria. If the meeting takes place as planned, it will be Trump's second time coming face-to-face with Kim over the previous year.

The Defence Department watchdog report warned that even with the ISIS forces on the run, the militant group "is still able to co-ordinate offensives and counter-offensives, as well as operate as a decentralized insurgency".

"The fight against ISIS and violent extremists is not over, and our mission has not changed", Votel said.

The IG report's warnings about ISIS's remaining strength mirror a worldwide threat assessment presented on January 29 to the Senate Intelligence Committee by Coats and other senior US intelligence chiefs.

"When America's national security and vital interests are at stake, some circumstances require not only the use of important diplomatic tools but also direct involvement from the United States", he said.

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