Trump reacts to ISIS attack that killed 4 Americans in Syria


Erdogan's office says the president spoke to U.S. President Donald Trump by telephone Sunday, days after an Islamic State attack in the city killed 19 people, including three U.S. service members and an American military contractor. "After President [Barack] Obama withdrew American forces from Iraq in 2011, we literally saw this ISIS caliphate rise up and overrun vast areas of Syria and Iraq that had been won by the American soldier".

The United States on Friday identified three Americans killed in a suicide attack in northern Syria this week that the U.S. government said was likely carried out by the Islamic State militant group.

Earlier on Wednesday, after news of the attack had spread, Pence had claimed in a Washington, the Global Chiefs of Mission Conference that ISIS had been defeated, Daily Mail reported.

Brett McGurk, who resigned as Trump's special envoy to the anti-ISIS coalition after the withdrawal announcement last month, wrote in a Washington Post opinion piece that the president's decision has "already giving the Islamic State. new life".

Pence did not mention the attack in his address to 184 chiefs of USA diplomatic missions who gather annually in Washington from around the world to discuss foreign policy strategy. US lawmakers warned that ISIS had not been fully defeated, and that an American withdrawal could lead to the group's resurgence.

"President Trump should be very cautious in how he withdraws and not dump this problem on Turkey's lap", said Graham, adding that it would be "insane" for Turkey to have to fight elements armed by the USA in Syria.

But despite the stinging defeats, ISIS has proved it is still capable of carrying out deadly attacks using hideouts in the sprawling desert or sleeper cells in the towns. "Thanks to the leadership of this commander-in-chief and the courage and sacrifice of our coalition partners, we're now actually able to hand off the fight against ISIS in Syria to our coalition partners and we are bringing our troops home", he said.

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Three other US service members were wounded in the bombing.

Trump claimed on December 19 that the United States and its allies had "beaten" IS, and he ordered an immediate troop withdrawal from the war-torn country.

When it comes to Syria, Mr Heras said "there is really no appetite on the U.S. side to handover America's zone in Syria to Assad, and therefore Turkey is seen as the best option".

Administration officials later said the drawdown will happen more slowly. Ankara views the YPG as a terrorist group and an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' party (PKK) that has for decades waged a separatist insurgency in Turkey.

A US defense official told Fox News last week that the USA -led military coalition in Syria started the process of removing troops from the region, but wouldn't confirm further details citing security reasons.

The Manbij attack on United States forces in Syria appeared to be the deadliest since they deployed on the ground there in 2015.