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US preparing for complete military withdrawal from Syria – reports

RT | December 19, 2018

Washington is planning to “rapidly” pull out all its troops from Syria, various media outlets have reported, citing US officials

The decision was allegedly taken by President Donald Trump himself, who had repeatedly expressed his intent to get out of the Arab Republic earlier. However, the Pentagon apparently opposes the move. The potential withdrawal would upend assumptions about the long-term US presence in the war-ravaged country, which was particularly backed by the Defense Secretary James Mattis.

The schedule, as well as the details of the alleged withdrawal, are yet unknown. While the Pentagon and the White House did not issue any official statements on the issue, Trump said in a Twitter post that Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), which he called “the only reason for [the US troops] being there [in Syria],” has been defeted, apparently signaling that there was no reason for the US to stay on the ground in Syria any longer.

According to some reports, the withdrawal might primarily affect the US troops on the ground working together with an alliance of Arab and Kurdish militias, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The US has a total of 2,000 servicemen there, who are particularly involved in training the local militias. The news come as the SDF are reportedly on the verge of retaking one of the terrorist group’s last major strongholds – the town of Hajin, located east of the Euphrates.

December 19, 2018 - Posted by | Illegal Occupation, Militarism | ,

1 Comment »

  1. Presumably the Syrian President “Mr Assad has stopped killing his own people”(What a lie that was?) ISIS, ISIL, Daesh etc, were Mercenaries, formed, supplied and armed by the MIC(to do Israel’s ‘dirty work’ for them). Russia’s Air force ‘blew them away’. Another lost American War……..Just add the cost onto the National Debt bill.

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | December 19, 2018 | Reply

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