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Islamic State: House Official and Saudi Arabia

islamic state: Esper emphasized that the proposal to leave a small number of troops in eastern Syria was intended to give the president manoeuvr room and wasn't final, according to CTV. There has been a discussion about possibly doing it, Esper told a press conference in Afghanistan before heading to Saudi Arabia. The Pentagon chief said the plan was still in the discussion phase and had not yet been presented to Trump, who has repeatedly said the Islamic State has been defeated. There has been no decision with regard to numbers or anything like that. A White House official said GOP Sen. Still, the fact that such a plan was under consideration was another sign the administration was still trying to sort out its overall strategy amid fierce criticism from the president's Republican allies of his abrupt decision to pull U.S. forces back -- essentially clearing the way for Turkey's military incursion into the border region to push back the American-allied Kurdish forces. ( As reported in the news.