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New York Times: Trump leaning toward keeping few hundred US troops in Syria

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump is leaning toward approving a new Pentagon plan to keep a small contingent of American troops in eastern Syria, perhaps 200 special operations forces, a senior administration official told The New York Times on Sunday. If approved, the plan would walk back Trump's order to the Pentagon earlier this month to withdraw nearly all of the 1,000 US troops from northern Syria. Trump's announcement about pulling out troops prompted a barrage of criticism from within his own party, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Lindsey Graham and former US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. The troops would be kept to combat ISIS and block the advance of Syrian government and Russian forces ...