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>> Outgoing US Defense Secretary, James Mattis, has signed an order withdrawing US forces from Syria, following through on a decision from President Donald Trump that triggered Mattis' departure. The Defense Department on Monday told Reuters, by email, quote, the execute order for Syria has been signed. Trump, last week, announced he would pull the roughly 2,000 US Special Forces out of Syria even though Mattis and other top military advisors had urged Trump to stick with the mission to eradicate Isis, and stabilize the situation on the ground.
>> Now, we've won. It's time to come back->> Mattis resigned the day after Trump declared his plans to pull out. In a letter, the 40 year veteran of the Marine Corp told the President they did not see eye to eye on the need for America to stick up for its' allies around the globe.
The allies most immediately impacted are likely the Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF.
coalition of Arab and Kurdish fighters, who fear they may be abandoned to face ISIS, the army of Syrian dictator, Bashar al-Assad, and a threatened Turkish military invasion.>> So finally, I want to answer your question.
No, ISIS is not totally finished in Syria. We still have a lot of work to do.>> The top US official overseeing the anti ISIS coalition, Brett McGurk, also resigned. Trump's response whoop sawed over the weekend. He first praised the outgoing Mattis, saying he served with distinction. But ensuing news coverage of Mattis' resignation letter focused on his criticism of Trump, and by Sunday, the President fired the man who had quit just days earlier.
Mattis has initially offered to remain in the position to the end of February to ensure a smooth transition. Trump's tapped deputy defense secretary, Patrick Shanahan, a former Boeing executive, to fill the role until he names a replacement candidate for Senate confirmation.