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Still, Mr Trump declined to set a timetable for U.S. withdrawal from Syria, reversing an earlier announcement of a fast pullout over a period of 30 days. Pompeo allayed Netanyahu's concerns about Trump's pullout from Syria, which is a source of concern for Israel, which is anxious about growing Iranian influence in Syria.

On Iran, Mr Trump praised his own strategy, saying that the sanctions have worked and turned it into a different country.

Following the Kurds" liberation of Manbij from IS in August 2016, Turkey invaded Syria in a military operation dubbed "Euphrates Shield', capturing a swath of territory in the north. Mediation by Russian Federation and the USA prevented a direct conflict between the Turkish-backed militias and Kurds in Manbij at the time, but Ankara has continued to insist on a Kurdish withdrawal beyond the Euphrates ever since.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said he came out of a lunch with Trump earlier in the week feeling reassured about the Syria policy.

During a lightning visit to USA troops based in Iraq last week, Trump said the United States would no longer be the world's "policeman". "If I stayed in Endless Wars forever, they would still be unhappy!"

After discussions with the president and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, the senator said he "never felt better about where we are headed".

Pompeo assured Netanyahu that President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw all 2,000 American troops from the country in no way changes Washington's commitment to the security of the Jewish State. "We're slowly sending our troops back home to be with their families, while at the same time fighting Isis [Islamic State] remnants", he said on Twitter on Monday.

Those concerns are shared at the top of Trump's own Republican party.

The statement said F-16 fighter jets carried out the raid around al-Sousa village in eastern Syria, as "30 leaders from Daesh (Islamic State) gangs" met in the building.

Despite this fact, Trump administration officials are casting the new timeline as a slowdown and an example of the President being reasonable after hearing pushback from the Pentagon and allies such as Sen.

The president has long campaigned for the removal of USA troops from the Middle East, arguing that there was no benefit for the country to be involved in the many conflicts there. Now when I start getting out the Fake News Media, or some failed Generals who were unable to do the job before I arrived, like to complain about me & my tactics, which are working, ' Trump tweeted on Monday.

He said: "I shouldn't be popular in Europe". It has been freed by pro-US Kurds supported by the International Coalition.

On when U.S. forces would leave Syria, Trump said: "I don't want to be in Syria forever", adding that "Iran can do what they want in Syria, frankly".

"Russia's not happy. You know why they're not happy?"