The White House announced Wednesday that America’s mission against the Islamic State in Syria was coming to a “rapid end,” saying the US military has “almost completely destroyed” ISIS.
The official withdrawal comes just hours after President Trump told his top generals to begin preparations for a reduced footprint in the civil war-torn nation; adding a small contingent of American troops will remain to “eliminate the small ISIS presence” that has yet to be fully “eradicated.”
“The military mission to eradicate ISIS in Syria is coming to a rapid end, with ISIS being almost completely destroyed,” the White House statement said. “The United States and our partners remain committed to eliminating the small ISIS presence in Syria that our forces have not already eradicated.”
“As far as Syria is concerned, our primary mission in terms of that was getting rid of ISIS,” Trump said on Tuesday at a joint press conference at the White House.
“We’ve completed that task and we’ll be making a decision very quickly, in coordination with others in the area, as to what we will do,” he added.