Pence comments on Buzzfeed report and his own remarks about ISIS defeat

Pence comments on Buzzfeed report and his own remarks about ISIS defeat

U.S. President Donald Trump defended on Saturday his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, claiming that the American forces are killing ISIS for Russian Federation and Iran "that are not necessarily in agreement with us".

"Thanks to the courage of our Armed Forces, we have crushed the ISIS caliphate and devastated its capabilities", he said.

Four Americans were among several people killed by a suicide blast that struck near a USA -led coalition patrol in Syria on Wednesday.

If Islamic State carried out the attack, that would undercut assertions, including by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence several hours after the blast on Wednesday, that the militant group has been defeated.

Biddle slammed Trump for using language that is deliberately misleading, saying, "Nobody thinks ISIS has been annihilated".

The attack occurred nearly a month after Trump confounded his own national security team with the surprise decision on 19 December to withdraw all 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria, declaring the Islamic State (IS) group had been defeated there.

Their solution is to keep U.S. troops in Syria, which ironically is also ISIS' solution.

According to the State Department "they discussed ongoing U.S".

Operation Inherent Resolve, the US -led coalition against ISIS, originally confirmed that USA service members were killed during the explosion while conducting a routine patrol in the country.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters that President Donald Trump had been "fully briefed and we will continue to monitor the ongoing situation in Syria".

Earlier this week, a Pentagon spokesman said ISIS "remains a threat". "We have gone into Syria, and in two years, we have reduced it to about 99 percent of the territorial caliphate", Trump said, Washington Examiner reported. Her death marked the first time a female United States service member was killed in Syria.

US Central Command announced Wednesday afternoon that "two USA servicemembers, one Department of Defense (DoD) civilian and one contractor supporting DoD were killed".

Wednesday's killing of two US service members was the single deadliest day for American forces in Syria.

Al Jazeera's Osama bin Javaid, reporting from the Turkish-Syrian border, said the latest phone call was "essentially a continuation of the strategy to try and bridge the divide that was created" following a war of words between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies over Washington's backing of the Kurdish fighters and what will happen in the region after the U.S. pullout.

"They're not defeated", Mr. McGurk said in an interview with CBS.

On Dec. 19, he tweeted that the US had "defeated ISIS in Syria", adding that was the "only reason" to have troops on the ground there. Turkey views the Syrian Kurds, or YPG Kurdish militia, as a terrorist organization and part of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party.

Turkey strongly condemns the USA of backing YPG/PKK terror group in Syria by pitting it against Daesh. The SDF said on Wednesday it was ready to help create a safe zone, as fears grow that the US withdrawal will give Turkey the opportunity to mount a new assault.

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