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World Mattis: ISIS will surge back after Trump's Syria withdrawal

03:05  13 october  2019
03:05  13 october  2019 Source:   politico.com

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Mattis ' warning comes after Trump announced last week that the U. S . will move special operation teams away from the Syrian border as Turkey And in this case, if we don't keep the pressure on then ISIS will resurge. It' s , it' s absolutely a given that they will come back ," Mattis continued.

WASHINGTON — President Trump has ordered the withdrawal of 2,000 American troops from Syria , bringing a sudden end to a military campaign that largely vanquished the Even after the president’ s announcement, officials said, the Pentagon and State Department continued to try to talk him out of it.

Former Defense Secretary James Mattis said ISIS "will resurge" in Syria, in his first public comments following President Donald Trump's withdrawal of troops from the region.

James Mattis wearing a suit and tie: Fomer Defense Secretary Jim Mattis (left) and President Donald Trump.© Win McNamee/Getty Images Fomer Defense Secretary Jim Mattis (left) and President Donald Trump.

"I think Secretary of State Pompeo, the intelligence services, the foreign countries that are working with us have it about right that ISIS is not defeated. We have got to keep the pressure on ISIS so they don't recover," Mattis said in an interview on NBC News' "Meet the Press" set to air Sunday.

Mattis' warning comes after Trump announced last week that the U.S. will move special operation teams away from the Syrian border as Turkey launches an offensive against Kurdish forces. The Kurds have long fought alongside the U.S. against the Islamic State in the region.

Trump defends Syria withdrawal amid outrcry from Kurdish allies

  Trump defends Syria withdrawal amid outrcry from Kurdish allies "The Kurds fought with us, but were paid massive amounts of money and equipment to do so," Trump said as Turkey prepares an assault in the region.Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan considers the Kurdish forces in Syria to be terrorists allied with Kurdish insurgents within his country and has long threatened a military incursion into the area.

Trump announced the withdrawal this week, taking supporters by surprise and prompting widespread accusations of a betrayal of Kurds allied to the US whom Turkey swiftly attacked. And in this case, if we don’t keep the pressure on, then Isis will resurge. It’ s absolutely a given that they will come back .”

After a furious political backlash from US conservatives, in which Trump was accused of betraying “This does not constitute a withdrawal from Syria ,” the official said. “We’re talking about a small Trump argued it was up to Turkey and Europe and others, “to watch over the captured Isis fighters

"You can pull your troops out, as President Obama learned the hard way, out of Iraq but the 'enemy gets the vote' as we say in the military. And in this case, if we don't keep the pressure on then ISIS will resurge. It's, it's absolutely a given that they will come back," Mattis continued.

Trump's move was widely lambasted by both parties in Congress. A bipartisan group of House lawmakers is drafting a resolution to impose punitive sanctions on Turkey for the move.

Late Friday, a U.S. military outpost came under fire as Turkish military launched air and artillery strikes. Defense Secretary Mark Esper warned Turkey that they must protect U.S. military personnel.

Turkey’s military said Saturday it captured Ras al-Ayn, one of the largest border town in Syria, marking one of the biggest gains since the invasion began, according to the Associated Press.

Mattis resigned in December 2018 days after Trump announced the pullout of American troops from Syria, a decision that was partly reversed.

Pelosi leads 'bipartisan' US group for meetings in Jordan .
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a group of US lawmakers arrived in Jordan for talks with King Abdullah II, her office said Saturday, just days after the speaker clashed with President Donald Trump in a meeting on Syria policy. On Wednesday, Pelosi and Senate minority leader Charles Schumer walked out of an acrimonious White House meeting with Trump on Syria, a sign of the deteriorating relations as the House conducts an impeachment inquiry. The administration then brokered a ceasefire between Turkish and Kurdish forces Thursday, but on Saturday the sides accused each other of violating the agreement.

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