However, in the same breath he decried the length, casualties, and expense of "endless" USA wars and nation building in the Middle East, arguing that "w$3 hat we're doing is got to stop at some point".
The United States has pressured Iraq to wean itself off Iranian natural gas, which generates almost half of Iraq's electricity, with promises of USA investment in the country's crumbling infrastructure.
Abadi added that the USA participation in the anti-Islamic State global coalition is mainly meant to serve the purposes of logistic support, intelligence and military training, not to endanger Iraqi sovereignty.
Votel told the Senate hearing he was not consulted ahead of Trump's surprise decision to withdraw about 2,000 troops from Syria, which helped trigger the resignation of his defense secretary, Jim Mattis.
"The coalition's hard-won battlefield gains can only be secured by maintaining a vigilant offensive against the now largely dispersed and disaggregated ISIL that retains leaders, fighters, facilitators, resources and the profane ideology that fuels their efforts", Votel said.
The ISIS issue will also come up at a February 6 Senate Armed Services hearing on global threats.
But he has repeatedly warned that Islamic State and al-Qaeda have not been defeated.
Likewise, SASC ranking member, Sen.
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But the Iraqi president said Trump did not ask Iraq's permission to carry out such monitoring.
Trump said he would bring USA troops home if a peace deal were reached to end 17 years of war in Afghanistan. The militias fought alongside US -backed Iraqi troops against IS in recent years, gaining outsized influence and power along the way. However, he said he would discuss specifics in a closed session with the panel, planned for Tuesday afternoon. At the height of its fight against insurgents, it had up to 170,000 U.S. troops in the country, before a partial withdrawal starting in late 2011.
While singling out the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as "tenacious fighters", the inspector-general noted the threat of a Turkish invasion against these US-backed forces, as Ankara views them to be linked to Turkish separatists.
Continuing to "keep pressure" on ISIS, Votel stressed, "is absolutely vital".
'It is now time to start coming home and, after many years, spending our money wisely, ' Trump wrote on Twitter. "That's may biggest fear, and I believe the Turks are waiting".
Votel said that a "key task" for the USA during the withdrawal will be "the protection of those who have fought valiantly with us and ensuring that they remain safe as our diplomats and United Nations and others pursue a political solution here in Syria".
Iraqi President Barham Salih on Monday rejected a plan floated by President Trump that calls for keeping US forces in Iraq to "watch" neighboring Iran, saying the United States should not burden Iraq with its own "policy priorities".
"I have been given no additional tasks with regards to that", he said in an exchange with Sen.
Iraqi politicians allied to Iran or the influential Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr, a long-time adversary of the USA who also opposes Iranian influence in Iraq, have for weeks been calling on the government to remove of all foreign troops from the country.
Haider al-Abadi, who failed to win a second term as Iraq's prime minister despite heavy backing by the United States, said Trump's statements on Sunday could throw relations between Baghdad and Washington into an "unexpected crisis".