On the other hand, the director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, commented that the White House would launch a statement "soon" about his decision to bring home the troops in Syria, although he did not clarify the content of the new indications of the ruler.
"We've nearly completed that task [of defeating ISIL] and we'll be making a determination very quickly, in coordination with others in the area, as to what we'll do", said Trump on Tuesday during a White House press conference with leaders from three Baltic nations. "We're going to get back to our country, where we belong".
In this March 2018 file photo, Syrian boys, right, sit on a pickup truck as they travel next to a USA vehicle, on a road leading to the tense front line with Turkish-backed fighters, in Manbij, north Syria.
Over recent weeks, the Trump administration has sent mixed messages about the USA presence in Syria, leading to uncertainty in Israel.
"We've completed that task and we'll be making a decision very quickly, in coordination with others in the area, as to what we will do", he added.
Trump surprised military leaders last week when he said the USA would "be coming out of Syria like very soon", just hours after the Pentagon highlighted the need for United States troops to remain in the country for the immediate future.
"I want to get out".
"That's a big challenge for getting people back into their homes, especially in populated areas like Raqqa", Pahon said, citing numerous ways in which fleeing ISIS fighters have booby-trapped abandoned homes with explosives.
In the National Security Council meeting, Trump made clear that he did not want to stay in Syria for a lengthy period. The White House said the president spoke on Monday with King Salman of Saudi Arabia, and "discussed joint efforts to ensure the enduring defeat of ISIS and counter Iranian efforts to exploit the Syrian conflict to pursue its destabilizing regional ambitions".
A picture taken on March 22, 2018, shows a man walking with a loaded donkey and followed by a dog past the rubble of a destroyed building in the northwestern Syrian city of Afrin.
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Votels statements came five days after President Donald Trump expressed his desire to leave the war-torn nation "very soon" and the same day Trump instructed USA forces to prepare for withdrawal from Syria while maintaining troops who will continue to train local forces, according to the Washington Post.
Outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned last month that the USA may be forced to maintain an indefinite military presence in the country if Syrian president Bashar Assad remains in power.
It remains unclear exactly how this would unfold and how numerous approximately 2,000 United States troops in Syria would return, given that one of their main objectives was training Syrian Democratic Forces fighters instrumental in the defeat of ISIS. Pentagon officials have publicly raised the prospect of this giving the IS group the breathing room it needs to regroup.
While Trump has seemed keen to leave Syria, his military leaders and diplomats have stressed that the task is not over yet.
Turkish forces began an offensive in Afrin in January, against Kurdish fighters it views as terrorists but the USA military has worked with to root out ISIS.
"We will continue to consult with our allies and friends regarding future plans", the statement said.
Officials in the global coalition against IS say the group has lost 98% of the land it once held in Syria and Iraq, but they stress that the jihadist group has not been completely defeated.
General Joe Votel, who leads the military's Central Command, suggested the United States should play a long-term role in Syria in terms of stabilizing the areas freed from IS occupation.
Several branches of the U.S. military are active in the country, including United States special forces. Upcoming efforts, he said, include the military's role in "stabilizing [Syria], consolidating gains" and "addressing long-term issues of reconstruction" after the defeat of the Islamic State.