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>> Today, Raqqa->> A top US official in the global fight against ISIS will be stepping down. The State Department has confirmed that Brett McGurk, the special envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat the Islamic State, submitted his resignation on Friday. McGurk was due to leave in February, but sources say he moved up his resignation after President Donald Trump's sudden decision to pull out US troops from Syria.
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>> We have won against ISIS.>> And after Thursday's stunning announcement by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, that he'll step down in two months. According to media reports, McGurk's resignation letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the militants were still on the run but not yet defeated.
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And that the early withdraw of American troops from Syria would recreate the conditions that gave rise to ISIS. Mattis, in his own scathing resignation letter, said his views on how to tackle global threats were out of alignment with President Trump's. Trump plans to pull all 2,000 US troops from Syria, and has now declared victory, tweeting on Saturday, quote, when I became President, ISIS was going wild.
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Now ISIS is largely defeated and other local countries, including Turkey, should be able to easily take care of whatever remains. We're coming home!