U.S. Senate passes pro-Israel bill, measure also rebukes Trump

Donald Trump will keep troops in Iraq to 'watch Iran'

"Certainly we are aware that he has expressed a desire and an intent in the past to depart Syria".

U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to declare near-total triumph over ISIS in Syria in his State of the Union address Tuesday, but American defence officials are increasingly fearful that the militants are simply biding their time until the Americans leave the battlefield as planned.

On Monday, the Pentagon published a report which said Daesh could make a resurgence in the region without counterterrorism pressure.

Americans are going to vote the next year and President Donald Trump's haste to pull U.S. forces out of Afghanistan, as well as Syria - gracefully or otherwise - can well be understood.

However, Trump's latest decision to withdraw USA troops from Syria and his latest controversial remarks concerning US forces in Iraq have, to quite an extent, overshadowed the upcoming meeting.

"It is important to understand that even though this territory has been reclaimed, the fight against ISIS and violent extremists is not over and our mission has not changed", said Votel, TIME reports. In Baghdad, the once heavily fortified Green Zone enclave for government bodies, global organisations and embassies has been opened up for the first time in years.

Analysts have warned that the ongoing post-battle crackdown on accused ISIS supporters has become a form of Sunni collective punishment.

The inclusion of Iran-backed and Shiite-majority Popular Mobilisation Forces into the Iraqi security forces has also led to warnings that government-sanctioned sectarian militias are exacerbating tensions.

In December, however, Trump announced the withdrawal US troops from Syria, citing that the local IS force has been largely defeated.

It also says that it is likely ISIS will continue to carry out opportunistic hit-and-run attacks on United States forces and use them to claim "victory" in the media. The bomber struck a restaurant in Manbij, killing at least 16 people.

It is unclear whether Trump's triumphant tone will echo the warnings coming from different parts of his administration, including Votel's Central Command and the USA military.

There are 53 Republicans in the 100-seat Senate, but the resolution was easily adopted because 46 of them voted for the amendment, sending a clear message that they are ready to vote against a Republican president too if they disagree with him on a particular issue. The text warns that "a precipitous withdrawal" of soldiers could "allow terrorists to regroup, destabilize critical regions and create vacuums that could be filled by Iran or Russian Federation". All of the votes in opposition came from Democrats, who rejected the anti-boycott measure in a bill that also provides military assistance for Israel, extends defense cooperation with Jordan and imposes new sanctions against the Syrian government.

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