Top Iraqi cleric rejects Trump's plan for United States troops in Iraq

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Mr Trump claimed in December that the group had been defeated, and reports suggested he wanted United States soldiers home within 30 days.

"It should be formally announced sometime next week that we will have 100 per cent of the caliphate", he said.

Iraqi President Barham Saleh said Monday that Trump did not ask for permission to use Iraqi territory to monitor Iran and said the Iraqi constitution forbids the use of Iraq as a base to threaten the interests or security of neighboring countries. "You will have people that will be around and we'll search them out and you'll search them out and we'll find them and hopefully they won't be around very long", he said.

The language McConnell successfully inserted, with the support of most Republicans and about half of Senate Democrats, trumpeted the work that USA troops have done in battling the Islamic State and the importance of their continued presence for the stability of the region and the security of us allies. The United States and Iran are Iraq's two biggest allies.

"Above all, friend and foe alike must never doubt this Nation's power and will to defend our people".

U.S.is seeking to broker an agreement that prevents Turkey from following through on its threats to launch a full-scale military offensive against Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria.

Unlike his predecessor, Pompeo added, Trump has taken proactive measures to "take down the caliphate" and reduce the risk from ISIS and Russian Federation, the important players there, and is determined to allow the millions of displaced Syrians to return home in addition to reducing violence to help rebuild the country.

President Donald Trump linked his actions on Iran to the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, pivoting during his State of the Union address from his decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal to a declaration that anti-Semitism must be confronted "anywhere and everywhere it occurs".

Trump has said he has no plans to withdraw the 5,200 troops in Iraq, which he says could carry out USA airstrikes inside Syria after American troops withdraw from that country. There's no evidence that the attack was related in any way to the Middle East.

"All I want to do is be able to watch", Trump told "Face the Nation" anchor Margaret Brennan. "It's been going on for many years", he said.

Withdrawal from Syria was not a decision that former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis agreed with; in fact, he resigned because of it. "For this reason, my administration recognised the true capital of Israel - and proudly opened the American Embassy in Jerusalem", Trump said.

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.

USA officials have said in recent weeks that IS has lost 99.5 percent of its territory and is holding on to fewer than 5 square kilometers in Syria, or less than 2 square miles, in the villages of the Middle Euphrates River Valley, where the bulk of the fighters are concentrated.

That is hardly a way to secure Democratic support for a more humble US foreign policy.

"He was one of the Americans who helped rescue Joshua from that hell on earth", Trump said.

Trump is scheduled to address the coalition at 20:00GMT.

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