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US Defence Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that all of the nearly 1,000 troops withdrawing from northern Syria are expected to move to western Iraq to continue the campaign against Islamic State militants and

US troops leaving Syria will go to Iraq, says Pentagon chief

No one's suggested the president is relocating USA troops to the Middle East, making foreign countries their permanent new home. When he stepped out of his SUV, three Iraqi guards turned him around at gunpoint.

A U.S. defence official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the United States would continue aerial surveillance in northeastern Syria to monitor prisons holding alleged Daesh militants. "But I don't want to do that".

The troops would be kept to combat ISIS and block the advance of Syrian government and Russian forces into the region's oil fields, the official told the Times.

All US troops withdrawing from northern Syria are expected to be relocated to western Iraq, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper confirmed.

Walker's rage was echoed in Reuters interviews with a half dozen other current and former U.S. soldiers who have served with Kurdish forces. It is unclear whether the US troops moving to Iraq will use it as a base to launch ground raids into Syria.

"I trusted them with my life", said Giaconia, who now lives in Herndon, Virginia, after retiring from the Army with 20 years of service.

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At the same time, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham noted that the USA might go further than just "securing" Syrian oil fields, but could also upgrade them and help Kurdish militants, now in control of the most oil-rich areas in the country, to gain revenue. "And they will be safe", Trump said of the Kurds.

"It's like a violation of trust", he said.

CNN has reached out to the White House for comment.

US troops worked alongside Kurdish fighters to expel the Islamic State out of northern Syria.

"We never gave a commitment to the Kurds", Trump told reporters during a cabinet meeting on Monday.

"It's unprecedented that Kurds feel so much apathy - and show so little respect to Americans", said Shivan Fazil, a political analyst based in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdish autonomous region in neighbouring Iraq. United States troops were forced to leave former USA allies - the Kurds - in the region, and last week the U.S. negotiated a "ceasefire" with Turkey to have Kurds exit the area, a deal that forced America's one-time Kurdish allies to cede large swaths of territory to Turkey.

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Beyond that, Israel has longstanding concerns over whether its enemy Iran will move to fill any vacuum in neighboring Syria, where Tehran has been supporting President Bashar al-Assad in an eight-year-old civil war.

After being abandoned by USA forces, the Kurds agreed to a cease-fire deal brokered by Washington that requires them to leave a swath of territory along the border, handing it over to Turkish control. What's far less debatable is whether he's bringing USA troops home - because as the Associated Press reported, "That's not what he's doing". "It's time to bring them home", the Republican told supporters at a campaign rally two weeks ago. "Those are things that we would have to present to the president in due course".

"Even then, they were bringing up the 1991 betrayal of the Kurds". His defense secretary meanwhile says the USA troops had a job to "secure the oil". "There was definitely some scepticism of our support of them long term". The US has also taken steps to secure Syrian oil for the Kurds.

President Trump tweeted the following quote from Esper: "The ceasefire is holding up very nicely".

Dargala, a USA citizen, was injured multiple times in combat.

"Well, they're going to be sent initially to different parts, a different method", Trump said.

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A statement from the Speaker's office Saturday said Pelosi and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.), Rep. Susan Davis (D-Calif.), Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.), Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.), and Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) arrived in the country to meet with King Abdullah II and other officials.

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