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'Iraq will take its decisions in consultation with its friends and neighbors, ' he said, after expressing concerns that ISIS may expand its footprint as the U.S. withdraws. We discussed ISIS, our mutual involvement in Syria, & the slow & highly coordinated pullout of USA troops from the area. "We know that the Saudis in October delivered $100m intended for Syria reconstruction but the president's tweet seemed to imply that there was more money that is going to be forthcoming", said Reynolds.

Netanyahu spoke twice to Trump last week about the surprise pullout, but next week's sitdown will be the first high-level meeting between US officials and Israeli since Trump announced the move, Ravid reported.

Netanyahu spoke with Trump on the phone last Thursday about the USA military withdrawal from Syria.

He then chose to move up Mattis' departure date from the end of February to January 1, and announced on Twitter that the deputy secretary of defense, Patrick Shanahan, will become the acting head of the Pentagon.

He said the United States was aiming to train around 40,000 local fighters in Syria to prevent Isis from regrouping but that only around 8,000 were ready.

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Ankara was one of the few USA allies to endorse Mr Trump's shock decision to pull the roughly 2,000 United States troops out of Syria.

Still, Trump has long floated the idea of Washington's regional allies filling the void left in the Middle East by the United States as it pulls assistance and scales back its military presence in the region in pursuit of his "America First" policies.

In a string of morning tweets, Trump derided his outgoing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and the Pentagon's top ISIS envoy Brett McGurk over their public rebukes of his nationalistic foreign policy agenda and controversial military pullout in Syria.

Trump said that the only reason the troops were there was to fight ISIS and that the victory over the terrorist group enabled him to bring the troops home within three months.

A U.S. soldier walks on a newly installed position, near the tense front line between the US-backed Syrian Manbij Military Council and the Turkish-backed fighters, in Manbij, north Syria, April 4, 2018.

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Al Jazeera's Rob Reynolds, reporting from Washington, DC, said the initial reaction to Trump's announcement was "one of bafflement" as no other USA officials had commented on his statement which also came on a day that the president was not scheduled to have a telephone conversation with the Saudi leadership.

Military experts and members of both parties balked at Trump's Syria pullout, noting that extremists affiliated with ISIS still remain in the war-torn country's eastern regions.

In September the US Congressional Research Service said despite the multinational coalition's liberation of "most of the territory" formerly held by the jihadists in Syria and Iraq the "IS leadership remains at large and IS fighters appear to be evolving into an insurgent force". His team often reassured the Kurdish fighters in Syria as well.

While the U.S. military contingent is leaving the Syrian Arab Republic within the next 100 days, French President Emmanuel Macron has promised that "France will remain engaged in the Levant region".

Donald Trump has said Turkey will "eradicate whatever is left of ISIS in Syria" as U.S. troops and forces withdraw from the country.

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He noted that Ankara does not trust Washington, which supports the Kurdish forces in Syria along the Turkish southern border. We discussed ISIS , our mutual involvement in Syria, & the slow & highly coordinated pullout of USA troops from the area.

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