More than 100 Islamic State prisoners have escaped in Syria: US envoy

Syria critic Lindsey Graham reverses stance, says Trump's policy could succeed

1,000 US troops left in Syria will be moved to Iraq as the Trump administration faces fallout over a possible ISIS resurgence

Erdogan and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence brokered the cease-fire last week.

"Some progress has certainly been made", Pompeo said at the Heritage Foundation in Washington hours before the 1900 GMT deadline for formerly US-allied Kurdish fighters to pull out.

"We still have people in Syria working with the SDF and one of those priorities is these prisons", he said.

James Jeffrey said at a House of Representatives hearing: 'We haven't seen widespread evidence of ethnic cleansing.

"We're keeping a very close eye on the situation with the ISIS fighters", the official said.

"In the blink of an eye, President Trump has undone over five years of progress against the Islamic State", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

The president's abrupt decision to order a withdrawal of troops in northern Syria has set off a flood of refugees from that country into neighboring Iraq.

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Baghdad for talks yesterday as Washington pulled out its remaining troops from northern Syria through Iraq. The iShares MSCI Turkey ETF rose about 4% as Trump spoke.

The Iraqi Joint Operations Command said in a statement Tuesday that USA troops withdrawing from Syria may enter the Kurdish region of Iraq and then leave the country, but that they do not have permission to remain in Iraq.

The Russia-Turkey agreement struck in the Black Sea resort of Sochi endorses the return of Syrian regime forces to the border alongside Russian troops, replacing the Americans who had patrolled the region for years with their Kurdish allies.

While commanders had considered troop numbers as capability leverage to particular concessions from the militants, Mr Trump's unilateral withdrawal potentially undermines The United States's negotiating hand.

If the U.S. attacked Turkey, it would have major implications for the historic North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance.

Trump says almost all US troops will be leaving Syria but some will remain to safeguard oil fields in Syria.

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Sen. Mitt Romney pressed Jeffrey on why the decision to withdrawn had been done so suddenly.

Turkey's primary objective "was to push the US out and to break the SDF as the governing entity and as the legitimate political and military actor in the Syrian space".

The Syrian army rushed north within days, ostensibly to pin back Turkish-backed insurgents, but also to reclaim control of swathes of territory. One of the few tools that members of Congress have with regard to foreign policy is the drafting and enactment of sanctions.

The move to rescind sanctions on Turkey is already getting pushback from some lawmakers.

"The job of our military is not to police the world", Trump said.

Graham is now working with Democratic Sen. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen introduced legislation to impose sanctions on Turkey in response to the Turkish invasion earlier this month.

"I got elected on bringing our troopers relieve home", he told reporters Monday.

President Donald Trump says he'll make a statement from the White House later Wednesday morning on what he's calling the "big success" along the Turkey-Syria border. The Turkish government has historically strongly opposed this recognition and is expected to oppose both efforts.

In Washington, Trump said a US-negotiated cease-fire between Turkey and the Kurds would be permanent, and he lifted U.S. sanctions on Ankara.

The United Nations has estimated that at least 160,000 civilians have been displaced by the fighting in northeastern Syria.

Turkish officials have denied that war crimes were committed.

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