A top U.S. commander told a Senate panel Tuesday that President Donald Trump didn't consult him before making the decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.
"I was not aware of the specific announcement. Certainly, we are aware that he has expressed a desire or intent in the past to depart Iraq, depart Syria," U.S. Central Command Commander Army Gen. Joseph Votel.
Several officials have since challenged that assertion.
Last week, the U.S. intelligence community testified that ISIS is not only alive, it's committed to a comeback.
Gen. Joseph Votel echoed that point Tuesday.
"The fight against ISIS and violent extremists is not over, and our mission has not changed. The coalition's hard won battlefield gains can only be secured by maintaining a vigilant offensive against a now largely dispersed and disaggregated ISIS that retains leaders, fighters, facilitators, resources, and the profane ideology that fuels their efforts," he said.
On Monday, the Senate voted in favor of an amendment opposing the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan due to ongoing threats in those countries.
Gen. Votel also testified that while there are no specific time or conditions limits for the withdrawal, it will be executed in "a very deliberate manner."
Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.