On the ground in Syria, representatives of the US-led coalition visited the town of Manbij on Monday, following a Turkish build up in areas around the town, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. "After many years they [US troops] are coming home", Trump wrote, using alternate for Daesh.
McGurk's and Mattis' resignations came after Trump declared last week that Islamic State had been defeated and that the 2,000 USA troops in Syria would return home. "I hope our meeting will bring goodness to our country and region".
Trump and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke by telephone on Sunday and "agreed to ensure coordination between their countries" military, diplomatic and other officials to avoid a power vacuum which could result following any abuse of the withdrawal and transition phase in Syria, ' the Turkish presidency said in a statement.
He has been heavily criticized for the move. The US-backed Manbij Military Council, a Kurdish-led group affiliated with the YPG, posted videos on their Facebook page on Sunday purporting to show US patrols in the area. It said 50 vehicles had crossed into Syria carrying troops and equipment.
"I am deeply, deeply concerned and I oppose strongly the president's decision apparently to withdraw troops from Syria".
According to US media, Trump voiced resentment over news coverage of Mattis' stinging resignation letter that laid bare his fundamental disagreements with the president.
A report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) estimated IS might still have 20,000 to 30,000 militants in Iraq and Syria, mostly operating underground.
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Officials have cautioned against a timeline, but the withdrawal could begin in weeks. They discussed "taking necessary and proactive precautions".
Former Israeli national security adviser Yaakov Amidror said: "From now on, it will be a free ride for the Iranians and they will use the corridor [through Syria] logistically to enhance their capabilities to build the military forces in Syria and to help Hezbollah afterwards", Amidror said.
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A day after Trump's announcement, Mattis resigned, saying that his views were not aligned with those of the president. In his resignation letter, Mattis said his term would end on February 29, 2019.
The president spent much of Monday tweeting, including 10 tweets in four hours on a variety of subjects, including the government shut down, funding for his border wall, the resignation/firing of Defense Secretary James Mattis, and Syria.