Senate rebukes Trump's plan to withdraw USA forces from Syria, Afghanistan

Nebraska Iowa lawmakers vote for resolution warning against ‘precipitous withdrawal’ from Syria

"It is not a partisan amendment". It's not complicated. There is no poison pill.

Curt Mills is the foreign-affairs reporter at the National Interest, where he covers the State Department, National Security Council and the Trump Presidency.

Trump's tweets directed at fellow Republicans marked the second time this week that he has used to Twitter to take aim at allies. The Senate vote indicates that he doesn't have their support on a quick withdrawal from Syria. Marco Rubio led a group of lawmakers to the White House encouraging Trump to back Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the interim president. Thursday's legislation would also require consideration in the lower chamber. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, with backing from a USA -led coalition, are battling to expel the last ISIS fighters from hamlets in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said in a statement Thursday. "Congress must play a role, consistent with its constitutional authority over war, in developing a troop withdrawal plan that is coordinated with our allies, that continues to provide humanitarian aid, and that supports political settlements in these countries".

Menendez said American troops on the ground are on the frontline fighting for our interests and also provide leverage to achieve diplomatic success.

The non-binding language calls al Qaeda and the Islamic State continuing global threats, contradicting Mr. Trump's Twitter-based foreign policy claims that the fight against worldwide terrorism has been largely wrapped up.

The U.S. -led war in Afghanistan began in October 2001, weeks after the 9/11 attacks were conducted by the then-dominant Taliban's Al-Qaeda ally. On Thursday afternoon, 43 out of 53 Senate Republicans voted to rebuke the president.

Trump abruptly tweeted plans for a USA pullout from Syria in December, arguing that the Islamic State had been defeated even though his intelligence chiefs have said the group remains a threat.

Trump's announcement on Syria, meanwhile, prompted the resignation of Defense Secretary James Mattis.

In December, over Trump's objections, the Senate voted to end US military support for the Saudi-led coalition in the war in Yemen and blame Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Specific plans on a potential drawdown in Afghanistan remain to be seen.

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USA troops patrol at an Afghan National Army (ANA) Base in Logar Province, Afghanistan, August 7, 2018. Trump increasingly appears prepared to go that route, saying Friday that "I think there's a good chance we'll have to do that".

"This amendment is not the right way for us to proceed as a means of correcting Trump's backward policies", Sen. But we are the leader of the free world.

The Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act, or S.1, was introduced by Sen.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, a top McConnell confidant, said this week that he is opposed to a national emergency declaration in part because of what it might embolden a future Democratic president to do.

Trump has come under mounting pressure from both parties and the bureaucracy over a number of his foreign policy measures.

The U.S. has been a large part of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation coalition fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan since 2001.

The legislation includes measures supporting Israel and Jordan and slapping sanctions on Syrians involved in war crimes.

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont said he thinks Trump announced the withdrawals too abruptly, but the United States has been in Afghanistan and Syria for too long. "And NATO's mission in Afghanistan today is an essential element of bringing peace and stability to that troubled country".

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