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US pullout from Syria to be done in 'prudent' way: Trump

AFP  |  Washington 

on Monday sought to end fears of an abrupt US pullout from Syria, saying the fight against the Islamic State group was not over and that withdrawal would be done in a "prudent" manner.

"We will be leaving at a proper pace while at the same time continuing to fight and doing all else that is prudent and necessary!" Trump tweeted.

The has come under withering pressure both at home and in allied capitals after previous statements indicating that he considered the IS group vanquished and that he wanted US troops out of imminently.

Trump's new statement follows a trip by his to in which he told on Sunday that withdrawal would not happen before "is defeated and not able to revive itself."

The reassurances followed a diplomatic storm caused by Trump's surprise announcement in December that appeared to signal a rapid withdrawal from Syria, where US special forces play an important role in supporting local forces fighting IS.

"We've won against ISIS," he said at the time. "We've beaten them and we've beaten them badly. We've taken back the land. And now it's time for our troops to come back home."

Allies like Britain and warned that IS was not defeated. Questions were also raised over the fate of Kurdish groups that have done much of the fighting alongside the in Syria, but now fear attacks from

The initial pullout promise also sparked outspoken opposition from within Trump's and the resignation of

In Monday's statement, Trump complained that had skewed his original words, saying that his latest position on was "no different from my original statements."

Currently, about 2,000 US forces are in the Syria, which is in the grips of a complex civil war. Most of the US soldiers are there to train local forces fighting the hardcore-Islamist IS.

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First Published: Mon, January 07 2019. 22:10 IST