'Start Here': US repositioning troops in Syria and key diplomat to testify in impeachment probe

Here's what you need to know to start your day.

It's Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. Let's start here.

1. 'We need to secure the oil.'

Trump was asked Monday if the U.S. was going to maintain a limited number of forces in Syria.

"I don't think it is necessary, other than that we secure the oil," Trump said. "It is in a little different section, but we need to secure the oil."

ABC News Chief Global Affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz explains that military officials continue to push for a continued presence: "Please leave some forces behind in Syria or all the work that we have done with the Kurds will be for nothing and that ISIS will return."

2. Taylor to testify

In text messages to a group of American diplomats over the summer, Taylor wrote, "I think it's crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign.”

ABC News' Katherine Faulders tells "Start Here" that the White House will watching to see if he reveals any specifics about holding back that aide: "They're most worried about what Bill Taylor will reveal today in terms of the timeline, and if that contradicts anything that the White House has said on the record."

3. No more Netanyahu?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that he failed to form a unity government with his chief rival Benny Gantz, throwing his political future into doubt.

ABC News’ Jordana Miller joins "Start Here" from Jerusalem and explains that a government without Netanyahu could become more secular.

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