Top US general disagrees with Trump over Syria troop pullout

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Top US general disagrees with Trump over Syria troop pullout

The top US general in the Middle East has said he disagrees with President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from Syria.

Talking to CNN, Gen Joseph Votel said that Islamic State militants are still active in Syria and US-backed forces are not yet capable of handling the threat alone.

He told the Senate last week that Trump did not consult him ahead of announcing his Syria pull-out plans.

Meanwhile, Trump announced in December that after historic victories against IS, he would be immediately withdrawing US troops from the region.