BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – The U.S. Senate voted on a new amendment on Thursday that would oppose President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from both Syria and Afghanistan.
According to a press release from the meeting, the Senate voted 68-23 in favor of keeping the U.S. military inside Syria and Afghanistan until the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) threat is eliminated.
The amendment was sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who persuaded his fellow senators to avoid “a precipitous withdrawal” from those countries that could “allow terrorists to regroup, destabilize critical regions and create vacuums that could be filled by Iran and Russia.”
“ISIS and al-Qaida have yet to be defeated,” McConnell said.
“And American national security interests require continued commitment to our missions there,” he continued.
The U.S. has yet to withdraw any troops from Syria, but they have begun moving out their heavy equipment to neighboring Iraq.