Trump: U.S. Leaving Syria ‘Very Soon, Let Other People Take Care of It’

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Haaretz
Trump: U.S. Leaving Syria ‘Very Soon, Let Other People Take Care of It’

Speaking at a rally, Trump reportedly boasts that U.S. is ‘knocking the hell out of ISIS’ and that once that’s done ‘we’ll be coming out’

U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday that Washington may pull out of its involvement in Syria “very soon”.

Speaking at a rally, Trump said that “we’re knocking the hell out of ISIS. We’ll be coming out of Syria, like, very soon. Let the other people take care of it now.

“Very soon, very soon, we’re coming out. We’re going to have 100 percent of the caliphate, as they call it – sometimes referred to as land. We’re taking it all back – quickly, quickly,” he said.

The United States has around 2,000 military personnel in Syria, deployed as part of the U.S.-led coalition’s campaign against Islamic State.

Assad, who is supported by Russia and by Shi’ite militias backed by Iran, has said he wants to take back every inch of Syria.

The U.S.-led coalition was set up in 2014 to battle Islamic State fighters in both Syria and Iraq, who were largely defeated last year. Some 2,000 U.S. forces remain on the ground in Syria, allied to the Kurdish-led SDF alliance, which holds the largest swathe of territory still outside the control of the government.

The Syrian civil war, now entering its eighth year, has killed hundreds of thousands of people and driven more than 11 million from their homes, while drawing in regional countries and global powers supporting client factions on the ground.

U.S. forces in Syria have already faced direct threats from Syrian and Iranian-backed forces, leading to the shoot-down of Iranian drones and a Syrian jet last year, as well as to tensions with Russia. But this may have been the largest single assault on a U.S.-accompanied position to date.

Still, these episodes have been sporadic. U.S.-backed SDF and the pro-Syrian forces had largely avoided direct confrontation while both were fighting the common Islamic State enemy. Moscow and Washington maintain contacts in eastern Syria to prevent unexpected confrontation between forces they support.

Author Details
Ian Greenhalgh is a photographer and historian with a particular interest in military history and the real causes of conflicts.

His studies in history and background in the media industry have given him a keen insight into the use of mass media as a creator of conflict in the modern world.

His favored areas of study include state-sponsored terrorism, media manufactured reality and the role of intelligence services in manipulation of populations and the perception of events.
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4 COMMENTS

  1. What a clueless article. I’m still baffled as to how educated people such as this journalist has obviously avoided coming to understand the real issues, after so many years! Or maybe just spineless.

    • We are destroying Syria and stealing their oil on the pretext of fighting terrorism that we have created and this article is clueless. And Ian is spineless and does not understand the real issues. I guess I don’t watch enough television to follow your astute reasoning.

  2. Consecutive conflicting articles. Whatever Trump’s reason for saying we’re getting out of Syria, mid-term elections sounds about right, I hope he can back up his words. However, the US has huge imvestments in terms of occupation, and control of the oil regions which I doubt we will turn our back on. Plus what will Benji the nutty-yahoo say … about all this. Maybe he’ll proclaim Trump an anti-semite. That would cause a quick Trump retreat.

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