Senate vote rebukes Trump on Syria, Afghanistan

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks to reporters as he walks out of the Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, after President Donald Trump says a deal has been made to reopen the government for three weeks. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rebuke to President Donald Trump, the Senate has voted 68-23 to advance an amendment that would oppose withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan.

    The amendment from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Islamic State and al-Qaida militants still pose a serious threat to the United States and warns that "a precipitous withdrawal" of U.S. forces from Syria and Afghanistan could allow the groups to regroup and destabilize the countries.

    Trump announced plans for a U.S. pullout from Syria in December, saying the Islamic State had been defeated. His intelligence chiefs say the group remains a threat.

    President Donald Trump walks on the South Law upon arrival at the White House in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, after attending the casualty return at Dover Air Force Base, Del., for the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bomb attack in Syria. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Trump has also ordered the military to develop plans to remove up to half of the 14,000 U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

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