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US President Donald Trump has said the United States would get out of Syria “over a period of time” and that he wants to protect the US-backed Kurdish fighters in the country as Washington draws down troops. Trump did not provide a timetable for the planned military exit from Syria, which he described as “sand and death”.
The US president unexpectedly announced the troop pull-out last month against the advice of top national security aides and without consulting politicians or US allies participating in the fight against the IS. Defense Secretary James Mattis unexpectedly resigned after the announcement and Brett McGurk, the US’s top envoy in the fight against ISIL, announced he would be leaving his post earlier than expected due to the decision. page 7
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