Donald Trump Speaks to Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS

Iraqi President

Since losing the urban strongholds of Mosul, Iraq, and Raqqa, Syria, at the hands of the US 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.

"I think we have to look more closely at the allegations in this particular situation to find out what happened", he added.

Pompeo told the coalition that the planned withdrawal "is not a change in the mission" but a change in tactics against a group that should still be considered a menace.

As such, he said, 'It is time to give our courageous warriors in Syria a warm welcome home'.

White House officials have pushed back, insisting the time has come for other nations to step up their contributions to the fight.

Hecker said others would have to carry the burden once the United States left.

Despite Trump's decision, the U.S. still has 2,000 or so troops in Syria and only non-essential gear has been pulled. Irving Locker, Joseph Reilly and Herman Zeitchik were among the forces who landed in France in 1944 on D-Day, the US -led invasion that cost tens of thousands of lives but turned the tide of war against Nazi Germany and its allies. Fears that IS fighters are making a strategic maneuver to lay low ahead of the USA pullout has fueled criticism that Trump telegraphed his military plans - the same thing he accused President Barack Obama of doing in Afghanistan.

In announcing his decision to withdraw, Trump said the Islamic State in Syria has been sufficiently defeated - a claim disputed by multiple officials and experts.

Earlier Wednesday, Zarif pushed back after Trump appeared to link Iran to the deadly attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue a year ago by an American anti-Semite.

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"Remnants - that's all they have, remnants - but remnants can be very risky", Trump said.

Earlier on Tuesday, General Joseph Votel, head of the military's Central Command, warned that Islamic State would pose an enduring threat. Pompeo also wanted to make sure other members of the coalition help keep ISIS from returning to Syria and Iraq.

Appearing before the House Armed Services Committee for a hearing on the Pentagon's counter terrorism strategy, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict Owen West was asked point blank by Democrat Rep. Seth Moulton whether his former boss was wrong to oppose the President's decision.

"We are in a very deliberate planning process for how we will work with the worldwide community, with our partners on the ground and with the rest of the coalition to ensure we can keep pressure on this organization", Votel said.

Officials say that the U.S. withdrawal will happen, although at a slower pace than Trump first intended.

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said Iraq aspires to have "good and balanced relations" with all of its neighbors "based on mutual interests and without intervention in internal affairs".

The comments angered Iraqi politicians and Iranian-backed factions and further added to concerns in Iraq about America's long-term intentions, particularly after it withdraws its troops from Syria.

Mr Pompeo also held a morning meeting with the Coalition's Small Group that includes Egypt, France, Germany, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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