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Trump Says He Wants to Bring Syria Troops Home

During his announcement on April 4, President Trump said that the USA will consult "groups of our allies" and coordinate with "others in the area" in order to decide the U.S.' next steps after the completed defeat of ISIS in Syria.

Previously, Dan Coates, head of the National intelligence of the US, said in an interview with reporters that the decision has already been made and soon will be announced the completion of the Syrian campaign. He now controls most of the country that we and the Kurds do not.

After the Wednesday telephone conversation between Netanyahu and Trump, a White House statement said, "President Trump reiterated the commitment of the United States to Israel's security", and that "the two leaders agreed to continue their close coordination on countering Iran's malign influence and destabilizing activities". The Pentagon will determine when conditions have improved enough to permit a drawdown, she said.

Daniel Shapiro, a former USA ambassador to Israel who is now a visiting fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, said Trump's pronouncements were stirring turmoil in the region.

While ISIS's footprint in the country dwindles, those rebel groups have basically lost in their fight to dislodge Assad. "Certainly that's something that the president wants to see happen, for them to step up and for them to do more".

Dujarric added that the United Nations faces a continuing struggle to get humanitarian aid to those in need because of the continued fighting. Withdrawal now could allow the Islamic State to reconstitute itself, reversing the gains of years of hard fighting by USA and allied forces. For Turkey - both its government and the majority of its people - it is impossible to distinguish between these two terrorist groups.

This week, Trump signaled he wanted to pull the roughly 2,000 troops still in Syria out of the war-torn country.

In 2008, President George W. Bush signed a status of forces agreement that called for all US forces to withdraw from Iraq by the end of 2011. Reports say the Pentagon, the State Department, and Central Intelligence Agency are keen to remain in Syria until the post-crisis structure in the country is built. Given that this task is "almost completed", Trump said, his administration will look to make a final decision on the status of USA troops in the region "very quickly". Yet the meeting concluded with no hard-and-fast deadline handed down, leaving Trump's team struggling to deduce how fast is fast enough for Trump, according to officials briefed on the meeting who weren't authorized to discuss it and requested anonymity.

Trump's public statements Tuesday about pulling out of Syria took his top military advisers by surprise - a pattern for Trump, who often floats decisions in public or on Twitter to goad officials into action.

As part of advancing his "America first" policy, Trump said "I want to get out". "I want to bring our troops back home". I am not calling for a massive US nation-building, stabilization mission Syria, all tied together in an inter-agency bow and funded with billions of taxpayer dollars, pace Brett McGurk and General Votel. "We were very successful against ISIS, we'll be successful against anyone militarily, but sometimes it's time to come home and we'll be thinking about that very seriously". "So it's time. It's time". But the speech, while formally approved by the White House, angered Trump, officials said. "The United States and our partners remain committed to eliminating the small ISIS presence in Syria that our forces have not already eradicated". We do [them] for a lot of reasons, but it's very costly for our country and it helps other countries a hell of a lot more than it helps us. As both a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally and a country that has lines of communication with Tehran, Turkey is and will continue to be the U.S.' foremost partner in countering Iranian influence when the dust settles on the battle against ISIS.

The further concern is the threat to other Trump administration goals, such as blunting Iran's influence in the region.



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