“We have defeated IS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency,” Mr Trump tweeted. In fact, ISIS had claimed responsibility for an attack in its former stronghold of Raqqa only minutes before Trump’s tweet. According officials, the decision was finalised on Tuesday. Senior officials were informed of the president’s decision on Tuesday night. A timeline was not yet provided. The Pentagon would not confirm the US troop pullout. “At this time, we continue to work by, with and through our partners in the region,” Pentagon spokesman Colonel Rob Manning said.
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IS swept across large swathes of Syria and neighboring Iraq in 2014, implementing their brutal interpretation of Islamic law in areas they controlled. In Syria, IS fighters are holding out in what remains of the pocket that once included Hajin, including the villages of Al-Shaafa and Sousa. Wednesday morning, the White House spokeswoman, Sarah Sanders, suggested suggested the troops could return if necessary. “These victories over Isis in Syria do not signal the end of the Global Coalition or its campaign. We have started returning United States troops home as we transition to the next phase of this campaign,” she said.