McConnell warns against early exit from Syria, Afghanistan

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The 68-23 vote came on a procedural matter clearing the way for an amendment on Syria and Afghanistan troop levels by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Senate's top Republican.

Trump has chose to withdraw 2,000 USA troops from Syria on the grounds that Islamic State militants no longer pose a threat, saying on Twitter on Wednesday, "We have beaten them" as he disputed Senate testimony by his director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, on Tuesday that the group still posed a threat.

On Tuesday the top U.S. intelligence chief said that the Islamic State group still has "thousands" of fighters that it can rebuild into a cohesive force in any vacuum left in the war-torn country.

WASHINGTON ― A big bipartisan majority in the Senate bucked President Donald Trump over his foreign policy in the Middle East on Thursday, expressing their symbolic opposition to Trump's plans for a quick withdrawal of USA troops from their yearslong fight against terrorism overseas.

On Senate floor Mitch McConnell rips a federal holiday for Election Day as part of a "power grab" by Democrats to win elections. "Many of us in the Senate want to start taking it back", McConnell said, Washington website The Hill reported. "That's why this is a very bad idea". But she said she also agreed with McConnell that the "precipitous withdrawal" from either country without political resolutions would risk what troops there have already achieved.

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It calls upon the Trump administration to certify conditions have been met for the groups' "enduring defeat" before any significant withdrawal from Syria or Afghanistan.

A handful of Republicans also opposed the amendment.

Trump said earlier on Thursday he would bring American troops home if a peace deal were reached to end 17 years of war in Afghanistan.

McConnell discussed the bill again while the Senate was discussing S. 1, a Middle East security bill, which among other things increases protections for state and local governments that refuse to engage with businesses who boycott Israel.

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