Saudi Arabia should pay for U.S. troops to remain in Syria

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"The military mission to eradicate ISIS in Syria is coming to a rapid end, with ISIS being nearly completely destroyed", the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said on Wednesday.

Trump and his national security team are having a contentious debate about the future us role in Syria, where an American-led coalition has been fighting IS since 2014.

At a rally in OH last week, Trump said "we're knocking the hell out of" Islamic State and he predicted a USA departure from Syria "very soon".

The statement offered no timeline for a troop withdrawal, nor did it change the US policy in Syria - which has been for the approximately 2,000 American forces there to train, advise, and assist Syrian Democratic Forces in the fight against ISIS.

In a statement on Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the military mission to "eradicate" Islamic State, also known as Isis, in Syria was coming to a "rapid end". And at a gathering of Baltic leaders at the White House today, he expressed his desire to "get out" of the war-torn country and called on Saudi Arabia to help pay for the U.S. military presence in the country.

Trump has said publicly that he's ready to withdraw troops from Syria, but his top military commanders have argued the battle against ISIS is not yet complete.

The president bemoaned the trillions the U.S. had spent in the Middle East on wars and foreign aid, arguing that Americans got little in return and would have been better spending that money at home.

The President has said more recently that he wants to remove troops from Syria, but this counters reports that the military is considering actually sending additional troops to Syria.

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In a nod to Trump's belief that the U.S. is shouldering too much of the cost of stabilising Syria, the statement suggested that United States efforts in the country would not extend beyond the narrow mission of defeating the extremist group.

"The hard part, I think, is in front of us, and that is stabilizing these areas, consolidating our gains, getting people back into their homes", Reuters quoted Votel as saying. "We will not rest in our efforts to seek justice for the victims of these abhorrent attacks in Syria".

"We get nothing, nothing out of it", Mr Trump said.

The Syrian Democratic Forces, however, has largely been split as Kurdish fighters fled the USA -led battle against ISIS to take on Turkish troops and Syrian rebel forces that considered Kurdish groups such as the People's Protection Units (YPG) to be terrorist organizations.

At a campaign rally in OH last week, the president promised to withdraw USA troops "very, very soon".

FILE - Kurdish fighters from the People's Protection Units (YPG) chat with members of US forces in the town of Darbasiya next to the Turkish border, Syria, April 29, 2017. Waning U.S. influence also could expand Iran's reach through militias and terrorist training.

At around 7:00 am on April 4, 2017, an air strike hit Khan Sheikun, a small town in northwestern Syria held by rebel fighters opposed to Assad's Russian-backed regime.

President Donald Trump doubled down on his off-the-cuff comment last week vowing to bring United States troops home from Syria, a statement that rattled the Pentagon, concerned Israeli leadership and alarmed embattled Arab allies. Trump described that mission as "close to 100 percent" accomplished, while Votel said that "well over 90 percent" of Syria had been "liberated" from the militants, even as "the situation continues to become more and more complex" and "other underlying challenges" become more apparent.

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