Brett McGurk, the us envoy to the global coalition fighting the Islamic State group, has resigned in protest over President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to withdraw USA troops from Syria, joining Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in an administration exodus of experienced national security figures.
Trump has, of course, been tweeting about the withdrawal of 2,000 troops which has left his military advisers and allies around the world baffled, and prompted the departure of Defense Secretary James Mattis.
President Trump's announcement to pull out the American troops from Syria has surprised his foreign allies.
Trump's tweet raised questions about his awareness of or interest in the intricate policies surrounding one of his cornerstone campaign promises - the defeat of the Islamic State, in which McGurk played a central role in Washington, Baghdad and elsewhere. "Now ISIS is largely defeated and other local countries, including Turkey, should be able to easily take care of whatever remains".
McGurk, 45, was set to leave his position in February, but reportedly felt he could no longer continue in the job after Trump's declaration and on Friday evening informed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of his intention to wrap up at year's end.
Commenting on Trump's decision to withdraw from Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed scepticism over the pull-out plan, referring to Washington's repeated vows to leave Afghanistan.
McGurk has served as the U.S. envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, an acronym for the jihadist group, since 2015.
If it fills all of the security vacuum left by the USA and its current Kurdish allies, Turkey, which already has sway over northern regions, will extend its influence in Syria to a huge chunk of the country.
"I have no idea who that person is".
The President followed up the blistering Christmas Eve message about Mattis with a post attacking McGurk, who abruptly stepped down Saturday after telling colleagues he couldn't support Trump's decision to withdraw all remaining US troops from Syria.
"To those few Senators who think I don't like or appreciate being allied with other countries, they are wrong, I DO", Trump said.
According to Ravid's report, Israel is "very concerned" the withdrawal will encourage Iran to continue its military buildup in Syria.
He will lead plans for United States troops to leave Syria along with a drastic drawdown in Afghanistan, both of which critics worry will leave war-torn regions at risk of continued bloodshed.
Trump told his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a December 14 phone call that he was "done" with the presence of American troops in Syria, CNN reported Monday. "Grandstander? The Fake News is making such a big deal about this nothing event!"
Late Sunday he tweeted that Erdogan had assured him that any IS fighters remaining will be eliminated.
"I urge Trump to go back on his decision inciting Erdogan against the Syrian people in general and the Kurdish people in specific", she said.
There was no immediate comment from the Saudi government, which in October delivered $100m to the USA, two months after pledging the sum to help stabilise parts of Syria and just as global outcry over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and Riyadh's shifting narratives about his fate grew.