Editor’s note: This is more “doubletalk.” The US has been rearming ISIS, letting them out of jails and sending many to Afghanistan where Taliban find they “taste like chicken.”
The Russian take on this story is part of a “charm offensive” supporting anything Trump does.
Now the US is going to build a new “third force” as the Kurds are increasingly under pressure from Turkey.
Do note that we have another more important tale, that of Syria and Israel and Russia, according to unproven sources used by SouthFront, supplying new missiles to use against Israel. Believe it when you see it, not before:
Russia Today: Donald Trump has tweeted that ISIS has been defeated as 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, adding, however, 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 Donald Trump, who also said that IS terrorists were defeated while calling the group “the only reason for [the US troops] being there [in Syria].”
Pentagon spokesperson Cmdr. Sean Robertson said three months ago that ISIS “is well-positioned to rebuild and work on enabling its physical caliphate to re-emerge. It’s probably still more capable than al-Qaida in Iraq at its peak in 2006-2007.” https://t.co/luyBT3cQS0
— Jamie O’Grady 🤔 (@JamieOGrady) December 19, 2018
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.
However, even after the withdrawal, 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 also comes 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 the northeastern Syria.
Ankara considers Syrian Kurdish paramilitaries as an extension of the Turkey-based anti-government guerrillas and brands the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia as terrorists. Erdogan threatened to order his troops to storm the town 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.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Earlier on Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reported that the US military was preparing to withdraw all of its forces from northeastern Syria.
The United States is moving on to the next phase in its campaign in Syria against the Daesh* terrorist group, and will continue to work with its allies to fight the radical group, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in statement on Wednesday.
“We have started returning United States troops home as we transition to the next phase of this campaign,” Sanders said. “The United States and our allies stand ready to re-engage at all levels to defend American interests whenever necessary, and we will continue to work together to deny radical Islamist terrorists territory, funding, support and any means of infiltrating our borders.”
Following the announcement, the US official stated that in 24 hours, all US State Department staff will be evacuated from Syria adding that it is expected that the troops will return home within 60 to 100 days.
Later in the day, the Department of Defence confirmed the pullout of US forces from Syria, without providing any further details due to security reasons, chief spokesperson Dana White said in a statement to Sputnik.
“We have started the process of returning US troops home from Syria as we transition to the next phase of the campaign,” White said, referring to the campaign against the Daesh terror group. “For force protection and operational security reasons we will not provide further details.”
The move comes after US President Donald said earlier in the day in a Twitter statement that the Daesh terrorist group has been defeated in Syria, adding that this was the only reason for the United States to be in the Middle Eastern country during his presidency.
However, later in the day, US Defense Department spokesperson Robert Manning told Sputnik that the US is continuing to work with its partners in Syria amid reports that President Donald Trump’s administration has decided to pull US troops out of the Middle Eastern country.
“At this time, we continue to work by, with and through our partners in the region,” Manning noted.
Commenting on the move, US Senator Lindsey Graham said in a statement that the Trump administration’s reported plan to withdraw all military service members from Syria would be a big mistake and put the United States’ allies in the region at risk.
“If these media reports are true, it will be an Obama-like mistake made by the Trump Administration,” Graham said. “An American withdrawal will put the Kurds and all those who came to America’s aid in destroying ISIS at tremendous risk.”
Last week, Department of Defence spokesperson Col. Rob Manning said that the US has finalised the establishment of observation posts in northeast Syria and will be coordinating with Turkey its security efforts in the border region.