The US and Syria: Can We Go Home or Not?
This is the question in the minds of the soldiers stationed in Syria. If you recall back in December, President Donald Trump made an announcement that the troops would be coming home as ISIS has been defeated and there is no use in staying there any longer. Shortly after, the Defense Secretary resigned. Since this statement, there has been a slow step back from what was said. Trump has since said that they would be pulled out “slowly”, and NSA John Bolton has said that the withdrawal would depend on a number of conditions. So what exactly is going on!?
On Thursday, the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave a speech that touched on this subject. He said that the US will work with allies to expel every Iranian boot from the area. He warned there would be no US reconstruction aid for areas controlled by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad until Iran and its proxies had left. He also made the following statements.
“America will not retreat until the terror fight is over. We will labour tirelessly alongside you to defeat Isis [the Islamic State group], al-Qaeda and other jihadists that threaten our security and yours.”
“We will not ease our campaign to stop Iran’s malevolent influence and actions against this region and the world.”
“President Trump has made the decision to bring our troops home from Syria… but this isn’t a change of mission. We remain committed to the complete dismantling of the Isis [IS] threat,”
With that said, it looks like the US will still be in Syria for a while longer. What do you think? Please leave your comments in the replies section below.
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This article was written by @cifer44