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10 April 2018

Kenneth McKenzie Jr., Director of Joint Staff, said according to the U.S. Department of Defence.

The president made clear his patience was running out as he met top national security aides on Tuesday.

American diplomacy failed largely because the United States lacked leverage on the ground and so could not force other parties to bargain honestly or respect agreements.

"The subtext to all of this is the president's sense that the U.S. already has a lot of military commitments around the world, and it may have another one coming up where it might need all its air power and special forces and other assets now involved in Syria", Mr. Heras says.

Mainly, Ankara has launched an offensive in northwest Syria against Kurds allied with the United States against jihadist forces but accused of terrorism by the Turks.

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A dominant theme in much current commentary about Trump's presidency is that, after more than a year in office, he at last feels comfortable in reverting fully to the demagogic habits and themes that characterized him as a campaigner.

"I want to get out".

Indeed, others see Trump balancing campaign promises to get the USA out of Middle East wars and to compel allies to do more (and pay more) for their own security against a pledge to defeat ISIS.

Trump, however, has signaled to his advisers that ideally, he wants all troops out within six months, according to three US officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss what transpired in a meeting with the president.

Neither of the official accounts referred to the tense moments of the conversation. Trump had criticized Obama for setting deadlines for troop withdrawals from Iraq, saying it allowed enemies to hunker down and wait America out.

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-Late past year Secretary of Defense James Mattis laid out the details of a plan that would see the United States remaining in Syria well into the future - after the defeat of the Islamic State.

The ongoing civil war, which began with anti-government uprisings in 2011, has claimed more than 400,000 lives as dictator Bashar al-Assad (pictured at left) has fought an overthrow of his government by ISIS and by some rebel forces - supposedly moderate Islamists - backed by the U.S. A phone call Wednesday between Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu grew tense because of the Israeli leader's concerns that the USA will withdraw and allow Israel's enemies to gain a further foothold in a neighboring country, two United States officials said. Trump also indicated that he did not want to hear in October that the military had been unable to fully defeat the Islamic State and had to remain in Syria for longer.

The dominance of the PYD and YPG in northern Syria has created a region directly across Turkey's border from which the PKK can continue to threaten Turkey's security. As both a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally and a country that has lines of communication with Tehran, Turkey is and will continue to be the U.S.' foremost partner in countering Iranian influence when the dust settles on the battle against ISIS. Documents presented to the president included several pages of possibilities for staying in, but only a brief description of an option for full withdrawal that emphasized significant risks and downsides, including the likelihood that Iran and Russian Federation would take advantage of a USA vacuum.

That forced a pause in operations against the main IS holdout in Syria.

In order for ISIS to stay defeated without hope of reemerging to threaten people across the globe, the conflict in Syria must end and the country must be stabilized.

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USA establishing two military bases in Manbij, northern Syria