UPDATE: Trump orders removal of US troops from Syria, Afghanistan

UPDATE — 12/21, 10:25 a.m. EST: Multiple media outlets reported Thursday President Trump has ordered the removal of 7,000 of the approximately 14,000 U.S. troops currently in Afghanistan. 

The news comes the same day Defense Secretary James Mattis sent a resignation letter to Trump which said, in part, “you have the right to have a secretary of defense whose views are better aligned with yours.” 

 

President Donald Trump made an abrupt decision on Wednesday to extract U.S military forces out of Syria, what amounts to over 2,000 troops.

In a celebratory tweet, the president declared:

The announcement has been met with immediate criticism from Trump’s Republican allies. Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) said the withdrawal would “be viewed as a boost to ISIS’ desire to comeback.”

In another post, Graham added that the decision would “put our allies, the Kurds at risk.”

U.S. senators are not the only group frustrated by the shocking news. The Kurds, many who were granted protection under the Syrian Democratic Forces and U.S military, are also greatly upset over the president’s decision.

“Now people are thinking to displace themselves from their homes again, but nobody knows where a safe place to go is,” Mazloum Kurdy told Fox News.

Despite the objections, Trump took to twitter on Thursday to defend his course of action:

 

Editor’s note: This article has been edited since its original publication.

 

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