The U.S. military is preparing to withdraw its forces from Syria, people familiar with the matter said Wednesday, a move that marks an abrupt reversal of the American military strategy in the Middle East.
I am not military strategy expert, but preparing to pull out all troops from Syria at a time when ISIS, though greatly diminished, is still slaughtering hundreds of people may not be the best possible move to make. If I were going to withdrawal troops from anywhere, it would be from Afghanistan.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday that Islamic State militants had executed nearly 700 prisoners in nearly two months in eastern Syria. The UK-based war monitoring group said the prisoners were among 1,350 civilians and fighters that Islamic State had been holding in territory near the Iraqi border.
Please pray and ask the Lord to give President Trump much wisdom, it were be a real tragedy if ISIS were allowed to reassemble themselves and begin to grow again.
U.S. Military Preparing for a Full Withdrawal of Its Forces From Syria
FROM THE WSJ: U.S. officials began informing partners in northeastern Syria of their plans to begin an immediate pullout of American forces from the region where they have been trying to wrap up the campaign against Islamic State, the people said.
“The Pentagon has an order to get to move troops out of Syria as quickly as possible, “ a U.S. official said. The move follows a call last week between President Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has threatened to launch an assault on America’s Kurdish partners in Syria.
Mr. Erdogan steadfastly opposed the American partnership with Kurdish forces in Syria that he views as a terrorist force intent on destabilizing Turkey. But the U.S. has relied on the Kurdish forces as the most effective fighting force in Syria against Islamic State, which has been pushed to the brink of defeat.
US preparing to withdraw significant number of troops from Syria after President Trump tweets that ISIS has been “defeated” in the country, two senior defense officials and one person familiar with the plan tell @NBCNews. https://t.co/aPE7JgLO4p pic.twitter.com/1acF0Pmj2n
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The U.S. has long sought to reconcile the two seemingly incompatible goals that the president has sought in Syria. On the one hand, Mr. Trump has pushed to withdraw all U.S. forces from Syria, where more than 2,000 service members are working alongside Syrian militants to defeat Islamic State. On the other, he’s embraced a strategy that calls for American forces to remain in Syria as a deterrent to Iran’s expansive military ambitions.
Officially, the U.S. military has no authority to battle Iran in Syria. Their mission has been to defeat Islamic State and ensure the militant group that once controlled large swaths of Syria and Iraq is unable to regroup.
That task is largely complete. Islamic State has been effectively cornered in a small stretch of Syrian territory along the Iraq border, where the U.S. military estimates about 2,000 fighters have managed to hold off complete defeat for months.
Earlier this year, the Pentagon said that Islamic State controlled less than 2% of the territory it once held in the Middle East, sparking a vow from Mr. Trump to get all U.S. forces out of Syria in a matter of months.
“We’ll be coming out of Syria, like, very soon,” he said in the spring. “I want to get out. I want to bring our troops back home.” READ MORE
President Trump calls for US troop withdrawal from Syria
This video is from back in April when the president first began to call for US troops to come home from Syria.
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