US senator links Trump troop withdrawal to deadly ISIL attack

Al Jazeera 

A senior US senator has questioned President Donald Trump's troop withdrawal announcement from Syria after four Americans were killed in a suicide attack by the armed group ISIL. Lindsay Graham, a staunch Trump ally, directly blamed Wednesday's attack in the northern Syrian city of Manbij on the president's decision to quickly pull US forces out of the war-torn country. The drawdown move "set in motion enthusiasm by the enemy we're fighting", said Graham, referring to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, ISIS). "My concern about the statements made by President Trump … is we've made people we're trying to help wonder about us. And as they [ISIL] gets bolder, the people we're trying to help get more uncertain. I saw this in Iraq and I'm now seeing it in Syria," the senator said.