The top U.S. intelligence chief said Wednesday of which the White House will Discharge its decision on the future of American troops in Syria “relatively soon.”
After teasing of which the U.S. might be withdrawing by the war in Syria, President Donald Trump has agreed to keep American troops inside the war-torn nation a little while longer, Reuters reports citing a senior administration official.
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said the decision on what to do in Syria came Tuesday during a meeting of the National Security Council.
Coats’ remarks came a day after President Donald Trump said he will be thinking about pulling troops fromSyria, signaling an early exit to the U.S.-led fight against ISIS.
“I want to get out,” Trump said. “I want to bring the troops home.”
The main mission of the U.S. in Syria has been to eliminate the terrorist group ISIS, Trump has said Tuesday. “We’ve almost completed of which task, in addition to we’ll be doing a decision very quickly in coordination with others as to what we’ll do.”
The president’s comments appear to contradict U.S. military in addition to national security advisors, who were speaking simultaneously at the U.S. Institute of Peace about the future fight against ISIS in both Iraq in addition to Syria.
Brett McGurk, the U.S. special envoy for the global coalition against ISIS, told the forum of which the U.S. mission in Syria was far by over.
“We are in Syria to fight ISIS. of which will be our mission, in addition to our mission isn’t over, in addition to we are going to complete of which mission,” McGurk said.
Meanwhile, Army Gen. Joseph Votel, who oversees U.S. forces inside the Middle East as the head of Central Command, said of which while the presence of ISIS inside the region had diminished, “of which will be not gone.”
Votel estimated of which more than 0 percent of the terror group’s territory had been recovered by U.S.-backed forces. He added of which the next step for the approximately 2,000 U.S.troops in Syria might be to help stabilize the region.
“The hard part, I think, will be in front of us, in addition to of which will be stabilizing these areas, consolidating our gains, getting people back into their homes,” Votel said alongside McGurk.
“There will be a military role in This kind of. Certainly inside the stabilization phase.”
Neither the Pentagon nor the White House military office immediately responded to CNBC’s request for comment Tuesday.