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Trump says ‘we have defeated ISIS’ as US starts withdrawal from Syria

Published time: 19 Dec, 2018 14:25
Edited time: 19 Dec, 2018 17:19
source: https://www.rt.com/usa/446863-complete-military-withdrawal-syria/


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President Donald Trump has tweeted that ISIS has been defeated, as the White House announced that US has started pulling out its troops from Syria.

The US has begun the withdrawal of its troops from Syria, the White House said in a statement. However, it added that the move does not mean an end of the military campaign in the war-torn country but marks a “new phase” in the fight against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS).

These victories over ISIS in Syria do not signal the end of the Global Coalition or its campaign. We have started returning United States troops home as we transition to the next phase of this campaign,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

She also partly echoed an earlier tweet by President Trump, who also said that IS terrorists were defeated while calling the group “the only reason for [the US troops] being there [in Syria].”

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.

The pullout is expected to take between 60 and 100 days, according to reports citing US officials. Additional reports suggested that all US State Department personnel would also be evacuated from Syria within 24 hours.

Even after the withdrawal, however, the US would still maintain a sizeable presence in the neighboring Iraq, with some 5,200 troops stationed just across the Syrian border. The aircraft of the US-led coalition – the primary tool of Washington and its allies in the Syrian conflict – will also still be able to continue their air raids flying out of Qatar and other bases in the Middle East.

Washington’s decision comes just days after the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged the US to make its Kurdish allies withdraw from the town of Manbij, located west of the Euphrates, in northeastern Syria.

Ankara considers Syrian Kurdish militias an extension of the Turkey-based anti-government guerrillas and brands the Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters as terrorists. Erdogan threatened to order his troops to storm Manbij if the US fails to fulfill his demand. Last week, he announced plans to launch a military operation in the Kurdish areas “within days.”

In early December, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford complained that the US lacks trained local fighters on the ground to “provide stability” to Syria.

Trump made an announcement that the US would be leaving Syria “very soon” back in March and never officially walked it back.

R ~ Trump is trying to own the Russian/Syria victory over ISIS, no thanks to the US and it's 'coalition'. It's all fine and well to say he's removing troops (with a caveat of course) but his continual flip flops does not encourage any faith in his statement, founded on the lie that the USG  was there for some meaningful purpose other than imperialism.
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Re: Trump says ‘we have defeated ISIS’ as US starts withdrawal from Syria
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2018, 05:10:21 PM »
The furthest these mercs will be moved if at all is to Iraq.

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Re: Trump says ‘we have defeated ISIS’ as US starts withdrawal from Syria
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2018, 01:11:17 PM »
The furthest these mercs will be moved if at all is to Iraq.

Very likely. Only thing is Iraq is wanting them out as well.
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Re: Trump says ‘we have defeated ISIS’ as US starts withdrawal from Syria
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2018, 02:47:51 PM »
Very likely. Only thing is Iraq is wanting them out as well.

What other folk of the world want doesn't matter to Israel.

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Re: Trump says ‘we have defeated ISIS’ as US starts withdrawal from Syria
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2018, 11:46:19 AM »
The furthest these mercs will be moved if at all is to Iraq.

Looks like that is exactly what is happening.

Breaking: First US soldiers withdraw from Syria – Turkish media

By Leith Aboufadel - 2018-12-29
source: https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/breaking-first-us-soldiers-withdraw-from-syria-turkish-media/

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The first U.S. soldiers have withdrawn from northern Syria after President Donald Trump’s announcement more than ten-days ago, the Turkey-based Yeni Safak publication reported this afternoon.

“Approximately 50 US troops in warehouse and Hummer type armored vehicles and trucks have left Syria and went to Iraq,” the Turkish publication claimed.

According to the report, the U.S. troops withdrew their supplies from their warehouses and left for Iraq via the town Al-Malkiyah in the Al-Hasakah Governorate.

Neither the U.S. Coalition nor the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and People’s Protection Units (YPG) have corroborated these claims by the Turkish media.
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