President Donald Trump said he wanted US troops to leave Syria soon and decide "very quickly" how long they will remain, as his government's policy remains in abeyance in their seven-year civil war.
"I want to get out, I want to bring the troops home, I want to start rebuilding our nation," Trump said Tuesday during a White House press conference with leaders of the Baltic states. He added that "our primary mission" is the fight against the terrorist group of the Islamic State "almost complete".
While the Islamic State loses most of its self-proclaimed caliphate, the US is losing its only stated reason for keeping troops on the ground and sending air strikes into the whirlpool in Syria. However, the Pentagon officials have made clear that they have no desire to bring Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies Russia and Iran to victory
Army General Joseph Votel, chief of the US Central Command, turned not directly to Trump's speech about withdrawing troops soon in comments on Tuesday at a conference in Washington. But he made it clear that he saw an ongoing role of the military in stabilizing Syria.
"I see ourselves in this position very well," said Votel, who commanded US forces in the Middle East Iraq
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Since the beginning of Trump's election campaign For the White House, he called for an America-first foreign policy based on avoiding costly conflicts and national conflicts. Bauübungen. At a rally in Ohio last week, Trump said that we were "knocking out the Islamic State" and he very soon predicted a US withdrawal from Syria. He added, "Let other people take care of it now." 19659002] Trump expanded on Tuesday and said Saudi officials encouraged a continued US presence, but he said, "If you want us to stay, you might have to pay the US for the troops."
Since September 20, 2014, when operations in Syria began, the US has spent an average of $ 14.3 million a day on operations there and in neighboring Iraq, according to the Pentagon. The reconstruction of Syria "could cost at least $ 100 billion and take at least ten years to complete," National Security Director Dan Coats said in a statement to Senators in March.
While Trump promises to expand the US's future in Syria, his government's politics remain muddled and 2,000 US troops are still stationed there.
"Right now, they have not developed a coherent policy," said James Jeffrey, US Ambassador to Iraq and Turkey and Assistant to President George W. Bush. "If we are not lucky, it will be just as flawed and based on unrealistic goals as the last two governments."
Iran's "deadly" role
Trump has made a key piece of his foreign policy against what he calls Iran's "deadly funding, training and equipment of terrorists and militias".
But Iran and its ally, the Hezbollah militant group, will gain in influence as Assad consolidates its victory in Syria. This prospect threatens neighboring Israel and has led Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to warn that his country will act "not only against Iran's agents who are attacking us but also against Iran itself."
Trump's speech on leaving Syria soon contradicts what he is He said his foreign policy would stand in his favor – apart from his opposition to new wars abroad, "said Charles Lister, director of the Middle East extremism and antiterrorist program East Institute.
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Trump, like his predecessor Barack Obama, has at times broached a deeper US involvement in the war, both condemning Assad's chemical use German: www.germnews.de/archive/gn/2001/11/10.html Trump has approved a cruise missile strike at a Syrian air base nearly a year ago, after accusing Assad of using deadly sarin gas against civilians
. The officia The attitude of the Pentagon persists that the Islamic State, also known by the acronym ISIS, has not been completely eradicated in Syria, although the Jihad group was expelled from almost the entire area controlled by it. The US continues to support troops in the region who have fought against the Islamic State, including Kurdish fighters who are considered terrorists by Turkey.
"We can not allow our concentration to deviate from the main task of eliminating the IS from the region." Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White told reporters last week. "IS's terrorist network is more fragile than it was a year ago, but it still represents a capable and committed threat."
Just last week, two coalition soldiers – an American and a British – were killed by a US military improvised explosive device near Manbij, a city in northern Syria near the Turkish border. According to the US-led coalition, the explosion has injured five others. The American, Sergeant Jonathan Dunbar, was the fourth to be killed in Syria.
Argument to Stay
Some US foreign policy analysts say that the Trump government has a commitment to remain for leverage to seek a negotiated settlement and human rights abuses in a war that killed and killed about half a million people further distributed.
"We need a transition mechanism," said Evelyn Farkas, a non-resident conspecific of the Atlantic Council, the deputy secretary for defense under Obama. "Without that, the opposition and the regular civilians will not be able to accept Assad, and we will have a moral failure in our hands."
But Trump is not alone in considering how important it is to keep American soldiers in the midst of Syria's ongoing unrest
"The bigger strategic mistake is that the continued presence of US forces will create stability "Andrew Bacevich, emeritus professor of international relations and history at Boston College and retired army colonel told the story of US intervention overseas, he said," it has actually generated instability. "
– With the support of Daniel Flatley