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>> Leadership, American leadership really counts. Leadership built this coalition, it led to these gains against ISIS. And leadership requires some presence on the ground and also consistency.>> The former top US official in the coalition against ISIS broke his silence Sunday over the Trump administration's abrupt decision in December to pull all US troops from Syria.
>> I know what it takes in these coalition capitals for them to put their blood and treasure on the line with us. It takes American leaderships, and it takes American presence. And we've just told the world that we're no longer going to be present, so it'll have a dramatic ramification.
>> In his first televised interview since his resignation, career State Department Diplomat Brett McGurk told CBS Face the Nation that a withdrawal could create a power vacuum in Syria for other forces to come in where the US is absent. McGurk quit over the planned pullout, as did US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
>> Announcing you're going to withdraw, and without a plan, and believe me, there's no plan for what's coming next. Right now, we do not have a plan. It increases the vulnerability of our force. It is increasing the risk to our people on the ground in Syrian, and it'll open up space for ISIS.
>> Last week, four Americans were killed in Northern Syria in an attack likely carried out by Islamic State, US government sources have said. It was the deadliest attack on US forces in Syria since they deployed on the ground in 2015.>> Today they're not so dominant anymore.>> In December, Trump announced that Washington would swiftly withdraw the roughly 2,000 US Troops in Syria, and said Islamic state had been defeated.
He has since said that the withdrawal does not need to go quickly, as he tries to ensure the safety of Kurdish allies in Northern Syria, were at risk of attack from neighboring Turkey.