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Syria conflict: Trump ‘slowing troop withdrawal’, says Lindsey Graham

A top Republican has said US President Donald Trump remains committed to defeating Islamic State (IS) in Syria, despite his plan to withdraw US troops.

Senator Lindsey Graham suggested the withdrawal had been slowed and he was now reassured of the president’s commitment after meeting him on Sunday.

Mr Trump’s troop pullout plan met strong criticism from major allies, and senior Republicans like Mr Graham.

The White House has yet to comment on Mr Graham’s remarks.

“I think we’re in a pause situation where we are re-evaluating what’s the best way to achieve the president’s objective of having people pay more and do more,” Mr. Graham said.

He did not explain this, but The New York Times reports that he may be referring to assurances given to military officials that they can have longer than 30 days to ensure an orderly withdrawal of troops.

On 19 December, Mr Trump announced the pullout of some 2,000 troops, asserting that IS had been defeated.

Critics of the plan dispute this claim, arguing the move could lead to a resurgence of IS which would hurt national security.

US troops have helped rid much of Syria’s north-east of the jihadist group, but pockets of fighters remain. Read more

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Syria conflict: Trump ‘slowing troop withdrawal’, says Lindsey Graham

A top Republican has said US President Donald Trump remains committed to defeating Islamic State (IS) in Syria, despite his plan to withdraw US troops.

Syria conflict: Trump ‘slowing troop withdrawal’, says Lindsey Graham

A top Republican has said US President Donald Trump remains committed to defeating Islamic State (IS) in Syria, despite his plan to withdraw US troops.

Syria conflict: Trump ‘slowing troop withdrawal’, says Lindsey Graham

A top Republican has said US President Donald Trump remains committed to defeating Islamic State (IS) in Syria, despite his plan to withdraw US troops.