Syria war: Republican hawks blast Trump's withdrawal from Syria


Last week, the president's special envoy to the anti-ISIS coalition, Brett McGurk, told State Department reporters that "it would be reckless if we were just to say, well, the physical caliphate is defeated, so we can just leave now".

"The decision, even before ISIS is defeated on the battlefield, is tempting a massive resurgence of ISIS by the end of this year", said Nicholas Heras of the Center for a New American Security.

The administration reportedly is in the planning stages to remove all of the 2,000 American forces now stationed in inside Syria, which has been devastated by a yearslong civil war and has become ground zero in a broad proxy war involving Israel, Iran, Turkey, Russia and other actors.

"The Coalition has liberated the ISIS-held territory, but the campaign against ISIS is not over", Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said Wednesday.

Trump has long expressed a desire to withdraw troops from the war-torn region, but had been urged against rapidly withdrawing us armed forces. "In order to have a successful diplomatic outcome, you have to have a military option and a military presence".

Turkey considers the Kurds to be a terrorist group, and has troops posted in Syria along the Turkish border.

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Last week, Department of Defence spokesperson Col. Rob Manning said that the U.S. has finalised the establishment of observation posts in northeast Syria and will be coordinating with Turkey its security efforts in the border region.

The deliberations on US troops come as Ankara threatens a new offensive in Syria.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had informed him of the decision to leave Syria, making clear "they have other ways of expressing their influence in the area".

But President Trump promised in March this year that U.S. troops would leave Syria "very soon".

The decision signals a halt to an extended American ground campaign against the Islamic State and upends plans across the US government - articulated by senior officials as recently as this week - for an ongoing mission to stabilize areas once controlled by the militants. Hence, the withdrawal of the U.S. forces is essential for the survival of the Syrian regime and for the success of Russia's Syrian venture.

"Eight days ago the administration called a hypothetical pullout 'reckless, '" he said in a statement. "The president's decision is surrendering obviously to Russian, Iranian, Turkish, and Assad's own designs in Syria". As the end of the campaign of taking back territory from the Islamic State nears, one senator claims the move would be a "huge Obama-like mistake".

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"We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency", Trump tweeted.

The US forces have been supporting Kurdish-led forces in northeastern Syria in battling ISIS.

The Assad regime controls more territory in Syria than any other warring party, including the USA -backed Syrian Kurds. But the decision underscores the division between him and his military advisers, who have said in recent weeks that pockets of IS militants remain and USA policy has been to keep troops in place until the extremists are eradicated. "I think anyone who has looked at a conflict like this would agree with that". "So that will take some time", he said, according to Bloomberg News. The United States has long opposed the Assad regime, but Russian Federation and Iran continue to support the dictator.

US President Donald Trump (L) watches an air assault exercise with Army Major General Walter Piatt at Fort Drum, New York, on August 13, 2018.

Still, the Trump administration is expected to pull the estimated 2,000 American troops out of Syria.

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