'Sand and death': Donald Trump summarises Syria

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The official, speaking on condition of anonymity to reporters in Rio de Janeiro as Netanyahu continues his state visit to Brazil, said the premier made the request during a recent phone call with Trump, after the U.S. leader announced plans to remove troops from the war-torn Arab country. Pompeo allayed Netanyahu's concerns about Trump's pullout from Syria, which is a source of concern for Israel, which is anxious about growing Iranian influence in Syria.

Trump had come under fire for his projected quick withdrawal from various quarters, including retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who commanded American-led troops in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010, and warned, "If you pull American influence out, you're likely to have greater instability and of course it'll be much more hard for the United States to try to push events in any direction".

In Syria, about 2,000 U.S. soldiers operate alongside other foreign troops to assist local fighters battling Islamic State, a jihadist group that once held territory across much of Iraq and Syria and set up its own ultra-Islamist government.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said he came out of a lunch with Trump earlier in the week feeling reassured about the Syria policy.

When he announced he was pulling troops from Syria, Trump said the withdrawal would be rapid.

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Trump said he was not happy that the Kurds were selling oil to Iran, but that he wanted to protect them either way.

After discussions with the president and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, the senator said he "never felt better about where we are headed".

Pentagon officials told President Donald Trump that his order to withdraw troops from Syria within 30 days was physically impossible without significant risk to USA forces, multiple informed sources tell CNN, and the new 120-day timeline is not an example of anything but reality, logistics, and physics.

The Kurds have been the main element of the US-backed "Syrian Democratic Forces", a proxy army operating in northeastern Syria against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS).

Mattis announced his resignation in a searing letter just before Christmas that highlighted his differences with the president over the role of American leadership and alliances.

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Trump had earlier stunned allies - and prompted the resignation of his respected defence secretary, James Mattis - by abruptly announcing that the jihadists were defeated and that United States troops in Syria were ready to leave.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Trump's withdrawal plans and if there were any official changes to them.

It was not entirely clear whether Trump was referring to the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria or the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq.

"Now when I start getting out the Fake News Media, or some failed Generals who were unable to do the job before I arrived, like to complain about me & my tactics, which are working", Trump wrote in another post. "If we leave now, the Kurds are going to get slaughtered".

Saying that the Taliban and Islamic State terrorists are "fighting each other" in parts of Afghanistan, he said he told the generals, "Why don't you let them fight?"

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