Mitch McConnell presents a proposal urging troops to stay in Syria, Afghanistan, and complain to Trump
"It will recognize the dangers of overreaching the two conflicts and highlights the need for diplomatic engagement and political solutions to key conflicts in Syria and Afghanistan," McConnell said Tuesday in the Senate, announcing the amendment to the bill currently under discussion.
The exact moment for the final vote on the draft bill, which at this time benefits from bipartisan support, has not yet been determined.
McConnell added that "although tempted to retreat to the comfort and security of our own shores, there is still much work to be done ….. we are not the world policemen, but we  After the initial announcement, Trump earlier this month extended his initial 30-day deadline to withdraw troops to four months and told reporters: "I have never said we do it quickly, but we decode ISIS." The National Counselor on security John Bolton said earlier this month that the United States would withdraw from Syria rhenium that Turkey will attack Kurdish allies there.
Col. Sean Ryan, a US-led coalition spokesman, said in a January 1
1th statement that the coalition "has begun the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria" but did not provide further details.
The Senate voted with 74 to 19 Monday to launch a debate on Middle East policy that includes new sanctions against Syria. The Law on Strengthening US Security in the Middle East brings together five bills in one package. It includes new sanctions against the Syrian central bank and those providing support for the Syrian government. It strengthens the military support for Israel and Jordan, two US allies who are neighbors of Syria. It makes it easier for countries and towns to approve laws to combat boycotting, selling and sanctions against Israel.
National Intelligence Director Dan Coates told members of the Senate Intelligence Committee that Isis returned to the guerrilla war
But he also made it clear that the group maintained a presence in Iraq and Syria.
"ISIS intends to revive and still command thousands of fighters in Iraq and Syria," he said.
Outgoing Defense Minister Patrik Shanahan told reporters at the same hearing that the IEC had lost "99.5% plus" to the territory that was once in Syria and Iraq, adding that "within a few weeks it will be "Isis can no longer rule in Syria, ISIS no longer has freedom for mass troops, Syria is no longer a safe haven," Shanahan said.
Shanahan made the remarks when the US intelligence community released its Worldwide Threat Assessment, according to which "ISIS will most likely continue to carry out external attacks from Iraq and Syria against regional and western opponents, including the United States."