Senate bucks Donald Trump, backs U.S

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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.

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

An amendment to the Middle East security bill, which was passed by 70 votes to 26, states that Islamic State (Isis) still poses a "serious threat" to U.S. security and calls on the president to certify that the group has suffered "enduring defeat" before there is any significant USA pullout in Syria. "There will be a decrease in the amount of pressure that we will be able to apply", he said.

Regarding Iran, the president called the Islamic Republic "the world's leading state sponsor of terror", adding that the country does "bad, bad things".

Wednesday's meeting was the first of senior coalition officials since Trump announced USA troops would withdraw.

Zarif tweeted that "Iranians - including our Jewish compatriots - are commemorating 40 yrs of progress despite U.S. pressure, just as @realDonaldTrump again makes accusations against us".

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"As we make progress in these negotiations, we will be able to reduce our troop presence and focus on counter-terrorism", he said. Suicide bombers snuck onto the grounds soon after, but were stopped by Iraqi troops.

US -led forces in 2001 toppled the hardline Taliban for harboring the al Qaeda militants responsible for the September 11 attacks. But the SDF is "heavily reliant" on US military support and "unable to conduct offensive operations" that are "meaningful" without American air power, the report said. Pro-Iran Iraqi lawmakers have proposed nominating Falih Fayyad, the leader of the Shiite-dominated Popular Mobilization Units, which Baghdad has struggled to control, for the Interior Ministry post. He said the US will not relent in fighting remnants of the extremist organization despite his decision to withdraw USA troops from Syria over the objections of some of his most senior national security advisers.

On Dec. 19, the Trump administration announced that it would be pulling all USA forces from Syria. "But if the goal is to have the administration's overall Iran policy be operationalized and effective, it is going to take a lot more than just watching".

Trump last month claimed the Islamic State terror group had been defeated in Syria and said all U.S. troops were "coming back now".

The Senate voted 70-26 in favor of a non-binding amendment, drafted by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, saying it was the sense of the Senate that Islamist militant groups in both countries still pose a "serious threat" to the United States. "As I read it, it recognizes. his effort for us to examine exactly what we are doing in these places", Risch said. Hecker said others would have to carry the burden once the U.S. left. "It's a big factor - their land is gone", Trump told foreign ministers and other senior officials from 79 countries that have fought alongside the United States in pushing out the extremist group in Syria and Iraq. Trump's announcement "is not the end of America's fight".

Gen Votel told a senate committee this week that without sustained counterterrorism pressure the IS militants would regroup.