If anybody but Donald Trump did what I did in Syria, which was an ISIS loaded mess when I became President, they would be a national hero. ISIS is mostly gone, we’re slowly sending our troops back home to be with their families, while at the same time fighting ISIS remnants......
His resignation was closely followed a few days later by diplomat Brett McGurk, appointed by Barrack Obama as US special envoy to the coalition.
It is estimated that Islamic State has lost 99% of the territory it once held in Syria and Iraq, but the group is still launching small, but deadly, attacks in both countries.
We are yet to see clearly whether President Trump is rowing back on his decision or merely clarifying the timeline is not yet set in stone.
But what is clear is, the importance of what happens in northern Syria to the US, Turkey, Iran and Russia.
All of them vying for military and political influence amid a crisis that seems very far from over.
Dr Abdulaziz Alghashian, a Middle East Politics expert from University of Essex, spoke to Forces News about how "essential" a slow withdrawal is:
"The gradual withdrawal of the Unites States from Syria is a must, is essential for the stability. There are no ifs about it.
"There is no doubt about that, there has to be a gradual withdrawal.
“This will allow more time for local forces and local governments to be more solid in maintaining the security and the prosperity in the country."
He believes that there are only two ways a quick withdrawal will play out: "It will encourage IS to be more bold in the region because there is a security vacuum but secondly and most importantly I truly believe and foresee that this will be used and instrumentalised by IS themselves.
"They will then say, listen we have destroyed the United States and we have beaten the United States and the United States are losers right now and so a speedy withdrawal is going to be a rhetorical advantage for IS so therefore a gradual withdrawal is going to be nothing but advantageous for the stability there."
The fight against Islamic State has 'already been eclipsed' says Dr Afzal Ashraf.
Speaking to Forces News earlier, Dr Afzal Ashraf said he believes that the Russians and the Syrian regime have now taken the lead on the fight:
“Daesh has been removed from major towns and cities, it is now – as far as I can tell - located in small packets along the river in small villages and many of the fighters are trying hard to disperse internationally coming to Europe in some cases but in most cases dispersing to Africa and to Asia.
"So that fight is now going to expand beyond the borders of Syria, beyond Iraq to elsewhere.”