Syria is sand and death, says Trump

03 January, 2019, 06:25 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • The writer is a senior police manager  supervisor and has done his MPA from Columbia University New York

Netanyahu met with Pompeo in Brasilia on Tuesday to discuss developments in the Middle East, including security cooperation between the two countries regarding Syria and Iran. "They're inside the 10-yard line in defeating ISIS, but we're not there yet".

'I campaigned on getting out of Syria and other places.

Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, will be traveling to Israel and Turkey in early January to discuss what the White House says is the "deliberate and coordinated" withdrawal of USA forces from Syria.

But after saying troops would come home right away, and that the Islamic State group was defeated, he didn't give any specific timetable.

"If anybody but Donald Trump did what I did in Syria, which was an ISIS loaded mess when I became President, they would be a national hero", Trump tweeted.

After discussions with the president and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, the senator said he "never felt better about where we are headed".

Trump also refused to give a specific timeline on when a complete withdrawal of the USA troops stationed in Syria will take place, but officials told the New York Times on Monday that he had caved to the military on a four-month withdrawal.

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In Syria, about 2,000 USA soldiers operate alongside other foreign troops to assist local fighters battling Islamic State, a jihadist group that once held territory across much of Iraq and Syria and set up its own ultra-Islamist government.

Those concerns are shared at the top of Trump's own Republican party. Garrett Marquis, a spokesperson for the National Security Council, stated, "Ambassador John Bolton will travel to Israel and Turkey in early January to discuss the deliberate and coordinated withdrawal of US forces from Syria, and increased cooperation with the Turkish military and other partners".

Kuwait said on Monday it expected more Arab countries to reopen embassies in Damascus in "coming days" but added that the move would need a green light from the Arab League, which suspended Syria's membership seven years ago.

Trump's defense secretary Jim Mattis resigned over the decision to leave Syria, as did the administration's special envoy to the anti-IS coalition, Brett McGurk. Lindsey Graham (R, South Carolina) explained on Sunday.

"It is Fake News and Pundits who have FAILED for years that are doing the complaining". That changed, however, after US President Donald Trump announced last month that US forces will be leaving Syria. Trump went out of his way to explain his continuing commitment to the Kurds.

Saying that the Taliban and Islamic State terrorists are "fighting each other" in parts of Afghanistan, he said he told the generals, "Why don't you let them fight?"

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