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Senate rebukes Trump’s plan to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria, Afghanistan

On Thursday, the U.S. Senate voted 68-to-23 to rebuke President Trump’s plan for withdrawing U.S. military forces from Afghanistan and Syria. The opposition to the President’s strategy primarily came from Republicans, who agreed with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that Trump’s plan is imprudent, as the threat posed by Islamic State, al-Qaeda and other factions hostile to the US has not been effectively mitigated across these territories.

Senate Democrats were divided over the issue, and virtually all of those that are likely to run for president in 2020 voted against the bill for reasons reflecting Sen. Chris Murphy’s statement that the amendment was “not the right way for us to proceed as a means of correcting Trump’s backward policies,” since it could “get us even more deeply mired into a series of conflicts in the Middle East.”

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