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President Trump Announces U.S. Troops to Withdraw from Syria; Defense Leaders Resign : December 19 and December 20, 2018
President Trump Announces U.S. Troops to Withdraw from Syria; Defense Leaders Resign
Robert Howard

In December 2018, President Donald Trump surprised administration officials and U.S. lawmakers by announcing he would withdraw more than 2,000 American troops from Syria. Trump explained the dramatic shift in foreign policy by declaring the United States had defeated the Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL) in Syria. U.S. coalition partners expressed confusion over the announcement, which also created chaos within the Trump administration. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resigned shortly after the announcement, followed by Brett McGurk, the special presidential envoy to the coalition fighting ISIL. The resignation ...

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