President hits back at Trump over U.S. presence

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Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to lash out at Trump for making "accusations against us" during his speech the previous night.

In a tweet that same day, President Donald Trump declared, "We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump presidency".

Iraqi President Barham Saleh said Monday that Trump did not ask for permission to use Iraqi territory to monitor Iran and said the Iraqi constitution forbids the use of Iraq as a base to threaten the interests or security of neighboring countries. The move has received bipartisan pushback from officials and politicians who have feared an ISIS resurgence and growing Iranian influence in the region, but Trump said there were only "remnants" of the group left and, while "remnants can be very unsafe", he looked forward to welcoming US troops home.

"In Afghanistan, my administration is holding constructive talks with a number of Afghan groups, including the Taliban".

He said the world was entering "an era of decentralised jihad", and said the USA would call on its allies for help "very soon".

Although he would later slow down the timetable for the troop withdrawal, the president still wants United States troops to leave Syria.

"Above all, friend and foe alike must never doubt this Nation's power and will to defend our people".

Some Democrats had anxious Monday's vote could be seen as lending new legal backing to the 2001 authorization for the use of military force against al Qaeda - legislation that has since been stretched to cover USA military intervention in more than a dozen countries, including Syria.

He said that the USA "mission is unwavering, but we need your help to accomplish it, just as we've had over the past months and years".

The tensions in the region will likely be one of Trump's key points in his State of the Union address.

"I think we have to look more closely at the allegations in this particular situation to find out what happened", he added.

The report comes as Trump is expected to call in Tuesday's speech for conclusions to what he will describe as endless wars, not just in Syria, where about 3,000 US troops are said to be stationed, but also in Afghanistan, where some 14,000 USA military personnel are still deployed.

"I want to applaud the outstanding men and women of the United States military, incredible people, for their remarkable skill and precision throughout this entire campaign", the president told a gathering of leaders and top officials from countries who signed on to the coalition.

Melanie Nezer, senior vice president of public affairs for the agency, said in a statement that "Stories of Holocaust survivors are reminders that we should welcome the stranger and protect the refugee".

US President Donald Trump called for curbs on certain types of abortions in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, citing recent legislation and debates in Virginia and NY on later-term abortions.

Trump reminded his nation that he unilaterally cancelled the 2015, multinational nuclear deal with Iran which promised financial relief to Tehran for giving up its alleged pursuit for nuclear weapons.

"Mr. West, your former boss, Secretary Mattis, disagreed with the President's plan to withdraw from Syria".

"There's a difference. When President Obama pulled out of Iraq, in theory, we had Iraq. Much work remains to be done, but my relationship with Kim Jong Un is a good one", he said.

IS fighters wanted "to take our honour, but they lost their honour", she has previously said about the ordeal.

Republican Senator Thom Tillis invited the pastor to watch Trump's address.