Pentagon chief of staff Kevin Sweeney steps down following Mattis resignation

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Department of Defense chief of staff Kevin Sweeney has become the third senior Pentagon official to resign from his post since President Trump announced his intentions to withdraw USA troops from Syria.

Another high-ranking Pentagon officer has stepped down from his post weeks after the resignation of USA defence secretary General James Mattis.

His resignation statement pointedly makes no mention of Mr Trump and says it had been an "an honour to serve" alongside his colleagues in the department.

He is the third senior Pentagon official to step down since President Donald Trump announced that U.S. forces would be withdrawn from Syria.

Brett McGurk, the presidential special envoy to the global coalition fighting so-called Islamic State, also quit following the Syria announcement, as did department spokeswoman Dana White.

Officials have said there is no timetable for the troop departure.

"We have defeated ISIS in Syria", Mr Trump tweeted.

He had been serving within this role since January 2017. A senior Pentagon official confirmed Webb's name had been circulating at the White House, the Times reported.

Deputy Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan is now Acting US Secretary of Defence.

Mr Mattis stepped down from his job as defense secretary on Tuesday and Mr Trump said a day later he had essentially fired Mattis, a retired Marine general whose letter of resignation was seen as a sharp rebuke to the Republican president.



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