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20 December 2018, 01:47 | Tara Lloyd
Trump signals full U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria: 'We have defeated ISIS'
He told the news outlet ISIS has been converted into an insurgency and will be a more powerful one without the us presence, Syria will fall more under the control of Russian Federation and Iran without USA forces, and the United States will be more readily seen as an "unreliable ally" by the rest of the world. "Iran knows the USA stands ready to re-engage at all levels to defend American interests", the official said.
Iran hawks in Congress are vehemently pushing back against President Donald Trump's directive to begin pulling United States troops out of Syria.
But a U.S. official told AFP on Wednesday that the United States was planning a full withdrawal, after Trump tweeted: "We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency".
The partnership with Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters (the Syrian Democratic Forces) is credited with virtually eliminating IS after it overran large swathes of Syria four years ago, imposing a brutal rule on nearly eight million people across Iraq and Syria. "In order to have a successful diplomatic outcome, you have to have a military option and a military presence".
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"We remain committed to the global coalition and the campaign to deny Daesh territory and ensure its enduring defeat, working alongside our critical regional partners in Syria and beyond".
"I would not call this withdrawal, I would call this a surrender", Vinograd said.
A North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally of the US, Turkey has vehemently criticized Washington's support for the Kurds and recently Turkish President Tayyip Recep Erdogan vowed to launch cross-border attacks on Kurdish fighters. But the Pentagon, every bit as much as nature, abhors a vacuum, and so we ended up in Syria.
Syrian Democratic Forces and US troops are seen during a patrol near Hasakah, Syria, Nov. 4, 2018.
"What we are trying to read here are the internal machinations of the White House and the Pentagon".
Jennifer Cafarella, a Syria expert at the Institute for the Study of War, said the withdrawal is likely to create new problems. There are still about 30,000 ISIS fighters in Syria, Yacoubian said.
A U.S. withdrawal could open Trump up to criticism if ISIS reemerged. The Department of Defense and the bipartisan foreign policy class are infuriated by the decision to withdraw from Syria, but given their failed strategic approach to the region, they only have themselves to blame for the president's decision to end the mission. Trump telegraphed the move with an early-morning tweet claiming the U.S. had defeated Islamic State (IS) in Syria.
His stance paradoxically puts him in line with his predecessor Barack Obama, whom Trump has strongly criticized. Even the military defeat of the southeastern Syrian pocket now under attack, McGurk said, would take several more months.
The timing of the withdrawal was not immediately clear and United States officials who spoke to Reuters news agency on the condition of anonymity did not disclose details about the deliberations, including who was involved.
The decision underscores the division between Trump and his military advisers, who have said in recent weeks that pockets of Isis militants remain and United States policy has been to keep troops in place until the group is eradicated.
The Mattis-led US strategy in Syria empowered Iran, Russia, and Turkey at the expense of our allies. Syrian Kurds are hoping to establish an autonomous region similar to that in neighboring Iraq, Ankara wants to make sure that nothing similar happens in Turkey.
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