Iran pushed back against accusations of anti-Semitism levied against it by US President Donald Trump Tuesday night, saying that the Islamic Republic and its "Jewish compatriots" were celebrating four decades of progress as it marks the 40th anniversary of the Islamic revolution.
The Senate backed the Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act by a lopsided 77-23 on Tuesday, hours before Trump was to deliver his annual State of the Union speech discussing his policies for the year. The US-led coalition, known as the Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) had "low confidence" in those estimates as of last July, the report said.
President Donald Trump told Americans on Tuesday his administration had accelerated talks for a political settlement in Afghanistan and would be able to reduce US troops there as negotiations advance to end America's longest war.
"Remnants - that's all they have, remnants - but remnants can be very risky", he said.
By 2016, ISIS was on the defensive and the U.S. -led coalition supported Iraqi and Syrian partners' advance on Mosul and Raqqa, which would not fall until July 2017 and October 2017, respectively, months after Trump had taken over in the U.S. As a result, the Republican leader has often taken credit for successes against ISIS, which continued steadily through 2018. But he has repeatedly warned that Islamic State and al-Qaeda have not been defeated.
"Above all, friend and foe alike must never doubt this Nation's power and will to defend our people".
On Monday, the Pentagon's Inspector General for the US military mission in Syria, which is dubbed Operation Inherent Resolve, released a quarterly report covering the time period from October 1 to December 31.More news: LeBron James eyeing playoffs after making Lakers return
In his State of the Union address, Trump contextualized his Iran policy by castigating the regime for its anti-Semitism. "We have spent more than $7 trillion in the Middle East", he added. Trump has recently insisted he wants to keep troops in neighbouring Iraq in order to "watch Iran".
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center, shakes hands with Kosovo's Foreign Minister Behgjet Pacolli, with Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed Alhakim, between them, after a family photo during the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS meeting, at the State Department, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, in Washington. "We have to protect other things that we have".
In his comments to the committee, Votel said the president did not consult him on the Syria withdrawal.
While a significant portion of the speech did focus on the president's efforts to shore up the southern border from illegal immigrants and his stated need for a wall, there were no news announcements regarding an ongoing deployment of active-duty troops to the border. "Great nations do not fight endless wars", Trump told Congress. The nationally televised address gave Trump his biggest opportunity to date to explain why he believes a barrier is needed on the USA southern border with Mexico. "They used the internet brilliantly but now it's not so brilliant and now the people on the Internet that used to look up to them and say how wonderful and brilliant they are [are] not thinking of them as being so brilliant because they've been decimated", he said.
One of the other signature policy platforms that Trump highlighted as a candidate in the 2016 election was criticism of how long US military forces have been fighting in wars in Iraq, in Afghanistan, and more recently, in Syria.
Senate Republicans seldom buck Trump on anything, but they have become increasingly agitated lately over his administration's foreign policy.
"This is the next battle for our democracy, one where all eligible citizens can have their say about the vision we want for our country", Abrams said.