Trump says so-called Islamic State could be completely defeated by next week

Pentagon: ISIS will regain ground in Syria when US troops leave and will play troop withdrawal as a 'victory'

"We have to be united at home to defeat our adversaries overseas", said Trump, adding that "if there is going to be peace and legislation there can't be war and investigation".

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said his administration is holding constructive talks with stakeholders in Afghanistan, including with the Taliban, and that it was now time to try for peace.

Trump's State of the Union address on February 5 came as his administration braced for new political battles with congressional Democrats who took control of the House of Representatives in the November midterm elections. The US-led coalition, known as the Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) had "low confidence" in those estimates as of last July, the report said.

He said the world was entering "an era of decentralised jihad", and said the United States would call on its allies for help "very soon".

Syrian Democratic Forces and US troops are seen during a patrol near Turkish border in Hasakah, Syria November 4, 2018.

The Senate voted 70-26 in favor of a non-binding amendment, drafted by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, saying it was the sense of the Senate that Islamist militant groups in both countries still pose a "serious threat" to the United States.

"Above all, friend and foe alike must never doubt this Nation's power and will to defend our people".

The U.S. national security establishment reacted with alarm earlier this month after reports broke out about Trump's plans for an immediate and total withdrawal of troops from Syria, as well as a drawdown of thousands of troops in Afghanistan.

Unlike his predecessor, Pompeo added, Trump has taken proactive measures to "take down the caliphate" and reduce the risk from ISIS and Russian Federation, the important players there, and is determined to allow the millions of displaced Syrians to return home in addition to reducing violence to help rebuild the country.

Donald Trump took a swipe Tuesday at the ongoing probe of the president's possible connections to Russian Federation, saying during his State of the Union address that "ridiculous partisan investigations" could slow down America's economic growth.

Hours before Trump was expected to discuss a withdrawal of US troops from Syria and Afghanistan in his State of the Union address, Votel told the panel that fight against the Islamic State is "not over" and characterized peace talks in Afghanistan as "early". "Other US bases are better situated for that", he added, citing American installations such as al-Udeid in Qatar, and a US naval base in Bahrain, where the Pentagon and spy agencies deploy intelligence platforms that can track Iran's movements.

Withdrawal from Syria was not a decision that former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis agreed with; in fact, he resigned because of it.

He said he wanted to wait for the official word before making any announcement.

"Making the USA great means upholding our commitment to worldwide law and asylum seekers", she said.

"We spent a fortune on building this incredible base".

Trump recalled that as a candidate for president in 2016, he pledged to withdraw American troops from those regions because "great nations do not fight endless wars".

"It is important to understand that even though this territory has been reclaimed the fight against ISIS and violent extremists is not over and our mission has not changed", the general said, using another name for Daesh.

The top commander of US forces in the Middle East says the Islamic State group's territorial hold in Syria and Iraq is on the verge of collapse.

As is tradition, Trump's national televised speech was followed by a Democratic response, this time given by Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost her bid to become the first African-American governor of a southern US state.

The Republican Jewish Coalition, by contrast, said Trump's choices for guests sent clear and welcome messages. "Much work remains to be done, but my relationship with Kim Jong Un is a good one", he said.

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