During US President Donald Trump’s surprise visit to Iraq on 26 December, military commanders warned him that Daesh* has not entirely been defeated in Syria despite his claims to the contrary, CNN cited sources familiar with the matter as saying. READ MORE: US Unlikely to Abandon Military Bases in Syria’s North Even After Pullout Trump was informed that the US military successfully took back other areas from Daesh but the job is yet to be finished. On Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence claimed that Daesh had indeed been defeated, adding that the US is “now able to hand off the fight against ISIS [Daesh] to our coalition partners” after the group’s caliphate “crumbled.” READ MORE: ‘It Doesn’t Look to Me as if US Withdrawal From Syria is on Horizon’ – Journo Earlier that day, a spokesperson for Operation Inherent Resolve announced in a tweet that several US service members had been among the 16 people killed in a bomb attack in the northern Syrian town of Manbij. Daesh reportedly claimed responsibility for the bombing. © AFP 2018 / Delil SOULEIMAN Trump Announces Beginning of ‘Long Overdue Pullout’ of US Troops from SyriaIn December, Trump signalled the White House’s plans to withdraw roughly 2,000 US troops from Syria within the next several months. The decision was slammed by some US officials and prompted two resignations: US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis, who stressed… Read full this story
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