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Trump Lied Again: US Not Pulling Out Of Syria

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US Army Continues Sending Military Hardware to Eastern Syria After Pullout Call

The US Army forwarded a new convoy of military equipment to regions that are under the control of the Washington-backed forces in Hasaka province on Tuesday after controversial statements by the White House about a pullout from Syria.

The US army dispatched a new convoy, including several trucks loaded with military and logistic equipment, to al-Shadadi base in Southern Hasaka via Simalka border-crossing at Iraq-Syria border.

In the meantime, a field source disclosed that a sum of 20 US military trucks entered Ein Issa base in Northern Raqqa on Sunday, adding that the trucks were handed over to the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

The US is trying to continue providing the SDF with arms and ammunition after the country’s decision to pull forces out of the war-hit country.

Meanwhile, US Senator Lindsey Graham has called on Trump to devaluate his decision over withdrawal from Syria.

The militant-affiliated Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Sunday that a long convoy of almost 200 US army trucks, carrying weapons, munitions and logistical equipment, left the US bases in Iraq on Saturday and arrived in coalition bases in Raqqa, Manbij and Ein Issa in Northeastern Syria.

In the meantime, the Kurdish militia reported that the trucks arrived in the town of Amouda and left then for the US-run bases in Northeastern Syria, adding that the arms and ammunition cargo is to be delivered to the SDF.

The convoy arrived after the US military decided to withdraw from Syria but leave the SDF armed in the region.

The White House plan to withdraw 2,000 American troops from Syria has been put on hold, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, a critic of President Donald Trump’s recent Syria policy, said, adding that the president has agreed to reevaluate his policy.

Graham suggested Sunday Trump now better understands the stakes in Syria and has agreed to reevaluate, for now, his plans to immediately withdraw all US troops from the war-torn country.

After a lunch with Trump, Graham said outside the White House that talks about removing military personnel from the country are in a “pause situation”, adding that, still, Trump remains committed to bringing American soldiers and women home, even as he continues to weigh the greater regional dynamics.

“We talked about Syria and he told me some things I didn’t know that made me feel a lot better about where we’re headed in Syria,” Graham told reporters.

“I think we’re slowing things down in a smart way,” the Republican senator told reporters, stating that “but the goal has always been the same. To be able to leave Syria and make sure ISIS (ISIL or Daesh) never comes back”.

Graham announced that Trump was “thinking long and hard about Syria and how to withdraw the forces” after ensuring that Daesh is destroyed, that Washington-allied Kurdish fighers are protected and that “Iran doesn’t become the big winner of our leaving”.

When Trump tweeted that “we have defeated” Daesh in Syria, several military and security experts stressed that he was overstating the case, and warned against a hasty withdrawal.

Speaking to CNN after his appearance in the White House driveway, Graham said he didn’t mean to suggest that Trump is pausing troop withdrawal altogether.

“He has not reversed his decision” to withdraw troops from the Middle Eastern country, Graham stated, adding that “the pause is to assess the effects of the conditions on the ground”.

The White House did not clarify whether Trump had come to a new determination about the Syria withdrawal plans, which drew widespread criticism when they were first announced earlier this month.

Graham, who has emerged as one of Trump’s closest allies on Capitol Hill, had criticized him on the decision to withdraw troops, warning that Daesh is not fully defeated and that US adversaries like Russia would benefit from the choice. In the wake of the announcement, Graham issued a scathing statement in which he denounced the decision as “a Barack Obama-like mistake made by the Trump Administration”.

Trump’s decision to pull the troops out of Syria has been appalling not just to the US allies, including in the Middle East, but also to the members of the US Congress. Some influential senators of both parties have opposed Trump’s policy. Graham and many other Republican and Democratic lawmakers have warned that pulling out of Syria would pose jeopardize the region with instability.

But, Trump defended his decision to withdraw all American military forces from Syria amid a widespread backlash from lawmakers across the isle.

Trump has claimed that US’ mission in Syria – the defeat of Daesh – was complete, and that the American military would begin an immediate withdrawal from the country, criticizing personnel from his national security team that resigned.

The US leader stated that his decision was “no surprise” and that it was time for American troops to “come home and rebuild”, claiming that the United States had initially planned to deploy their force to Syria for three months, but eventually the American troops stayed there several years.

Brett McGurk announced his resignation last Saturday, following in the footsteps of Defense Secretary James Mattis who announced his own resignation on Thursday. Both men are said to have had differences with Trump over his plan to withdraw US forces stationed in Syria.

American officials have been sending mixed signals over Washington’s Syria policy since Trump took office in 2017.

In late March, Trump stated that the US would be “coming out of Syria very soon” and letting “other people take care of it now”, which went against previously-outlined plans by the Pentagon and the State Department to keep troops in Syria to “support our partners”, “prevent the return of terrorist groups” and transition to a “post-(Bashar) Assad leadership”.

But days later, Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley announced that the US would not pull its troops out of Syria until its goals were accomplished there.

Also in mid-April, the White House said Trump wanted to bring troops back from Syria as soon as possible, but not before their goals were fulfilled, as Washington had some 2,000 troops and a number of military contractors acting in the war-torn country.

In early May, in one of the strongest signs a full US withdrawal was unlikely anytime soon, Mattis said Washington and its allies would not want to pull troops out of Syria before diplomats won peace.

White House National Security Adviser John Bolton said in late September that the US would keep a military presence in Syria until Iran withdrew its forces.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The US-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes against what are claimed to be Daesh targets inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from the Damascus government or a UN mandate.

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US Army Sends More Military Convoys to Eastern Syria

The US Army has dispatched more arms and ammunition to the regions under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Southern Hasaka, a Kurdish media outlet reported on Friday.

The Arabic-language website of Xeber 24 reported that the US has dispatched a new convoy of trucks loaded with arms, ammunition and logistic equipment to the US-led coalition forces’ joint bases with the SDF in the town of al-Shadadi in Southern Hasaka.

It further said that a US military plane has transferred a large volume of weapons and military hardware to a US-run base in Kharab Ashak region in the town of Ein al-Arab (Kobani) in Northeastern Aleppo.

The US army has continued dispatching more convoys to Syria despite the US president’s decision for withdrawal of forces from the war-hit country.

The militant-affiliated Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Sunday that a long convoy of almost 200 US army trucks, carrying weapons, munitions and logistical equipment, left the US bases in Iraq on Saturday and arrived in coalition bases in Raqqa, Manbij and Ein Issa in Northeastern Syria.

In the meantime, the Kurdish militia reported that the trucks arrived in the town of Amouda and left then for the US-run bases in Northeastern Syria, adding that the arms and ammunition cargo is to be delivered to the SDF.

The convoy arrived after the US military decided to withdraw from Syria but leave the SDF armed in the region.

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More Civilians Killed in Fresh US Air Raids in Eastern Syria

Eleven members of a family were killed in the US-led coalition airstrikes in Southeastern Deir Ezzur, local sources reported on Friday.

A sum of 11 members of a family were killed in a fresh round of air raids on residential areas in the small town of al-Shafa’ah in Southeastern Deir Ezzur.

Local sources said in November that the US warplanes carried out several combat sorties over the small towns of Hajin and al-Shafa’ah in Southeastern Deir Ezzur, adding that at least 33 civilians, mostly women and children were killed and tens more were wounded in the attack that also destroyed a number of residential units.

The sources further said that death toll will possibly rise as the warplanes continue attacking and taking out the injured from under the debris of ruined buildings is being done slowly.

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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.

37 Replies to “Trump Lied Again: US Not Pulling Out Of Syria

  1. “The US DID start the war in Syria, the National Endowment for Democracy, a CIA front for regime change ops started the Arab Spring and that grew into the Syrian war.”

    Gordon,

    I have great respect for you and your website, but if you think the Syrians didn’t have enough with 50 years of Assad’s Syrian Paradise where per capita GDP was $3000 per year then you can believe what you want. All these middle east countries are basket cases. You are free to fight for them. The US Government should not.

    1. Obviously, I disagree with your arbitrary media inspired comments about the Syrian ppl being sick of Assad. From all indications from an appearance by Assad in the US he was basically treated like a Rockstar by the Syrian community in this country.

      Moreover, your comments are strikingly close to those from the media, who have lied to the American ppl for over seven years about the war being a civil war, which couldn’t be further from the truth!

      The United States has basically destroyed the country, and I can guarantee you they didn’t decide to start the war and destroy the country because they were concerned about the lives of the Syrian ppl. If had been concerned about the ppl in that country, they wouldn’t have displaced over tens of millions of them to Europe and other countries that took them in. Which is by all definition, a war crime against humanity!

  2. So the Syrians will have to get rid of occupying US troops the old fashioned way, just as the Vietnamese did?

    Or unlike every US regime from Truman to Obama, would Trump’s use nuclear weapons (of large enough yield to be recognized as such by everyone) if things went badly on the ground, leading to MAD with Russia? But that is what some crazy people want, eh?

  3. “So in your reality, the US can create these terrible conflicts then walk away pretending it is innocent…”

    The US didn’t create the war in Syria. Moreover, the US should leave immediately. Let the thousands of Iranian, Russian, Hezbollah, and ISIS proxies (which far outnumber US troops) deal with the non-state of “Syria”.

    “… while at the same time continuing to murder innocent people with drone strikes and covert operations.”

    Right a half million dead. How many of these are “innocent people”? And how many of these innocent people did the US, ISIS, Iran, Russia, Hezbollah and Assad forces kill? No one is innocent Ian. Don’t pretend.

    “Then you try to blame Iran…”

    Iran is free to do what they want. And so is every other foreign proxy. All is fair in love and war.

    “Thank god your reality is not the same as actual reality”

    Don’t be afraid to be objective Ian. When the US is gone, like it was the few years after the Assad regime lost control, lots of innocent people will continue to lose their life in this hell hole. I don’t choose sides except for the US. Hopefully Israel will be the next failed ME country, but the shia/sunni conflict may prevent that.

    1. The US DID start the war in Syria, the National Endowment for Democracy, a CIA front for regime change ops started the Arab Spring and that grew into the Syrian war. The US, using both it’s own troops, it’s own mercenary private military companies and proxies like ISIS, has killed millions in the Middle East, between Syria and Iraq, the US deserves 90% of the blame, so cut the nationalistic crap and admit it, the US has done it’s level best to destroy the middle east on behalf of it’s Israeli masters and has, thankfully, failed utterly to do so.

  4. So in your reality, the US can create these terrible conflicts then walk away pretending it is innocent while at the same time continuing to murder innocent people with drone strikes and covert operations.

    Then you try to blame Iran…

    Thank god your reality is not the same as actual reality.

  5. Ian titled this article:

    “Trump Lied Again: US Not Pulling Out Of Syria”

    Now let’s talk reality w/o the BS. Russia, Iran, Hezbollah, and ISIS are not pulling out of Syria either. The result is a new brotherhood of semitic nations both arab and jew. Thank you Iran.

    This is why Trump is correct for removing our forces from that black hole. He can always plan operations from Iraq or the gulf. Drone strikes, etc.

    Meanwhile let the shiite/sunni/zio war depopulate this overly crowded world. I care more about the US.

    1. So in your reality, the US can create these terrible conflicts then walk away pretending it is innocent while at the same time continuing to murder innocent people with drone strikes and covert operations.

      Then you try to blame Iran…

      Thank god your reality is not the same as actual reality.

    2. Aah, I see, cheers.

      Of course Syria under the Assads wasn’t perfect, not entirely egalitarian, with a rich elite and the wealth and power being held mostly by those of the ruling tribes, but that is how all Arab societies work, allegiance is to the family, then the tribe and only thirdly to the nation, understandable in light of those nations being less than a century old. That said, Syria was far from a cruel and oppressive dictatorship and Bashar Al-Assad was making strides to modernisation. I don’t think any Syrian, besides a tiny minority that took the Zionist shekel, would have wanted to see the country turned into a warzone for 7 years or more, as it has.

      So yes, there was some dissatisfaction and there was much room for improvement, but in no way was Syria primed for a violent uprising and lengthy civil war, those things had to be artificially created by outside influences and prime amongst those was the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) which was also present and culpable in the other countries that experienced the Arab Spring, it was also behind the Maidan coup in Ukraine and was responsible for funding and supporting the fake opposition Russia lead by Alexei Navalny, which is why Putin threw Navalny in jail and banned the NED from Russia – he was nipping in the bud their plans for a repeat of Maidan in Moscow.

      Whenever you see the NED appear, be assured that trouble is soon to follow as it is a CIA front operation charged with regime change, usually in the form of ‘colour revolution’.

  6. I am very thankful to the American public we had in the late 60s and 70s ! They grew tired of the war because it was seen nightly on the news and in every magazine in every grocery store and street corner outlet . It was was and was through their effort the war ended in S.E. Asia for us . Today not a peep from anti-war protestors . If they are protesting there is not enough to matter . At my age I can plainly see and say what I know about American politics , corrupted and paid for . Not realizing what ass kissers they themselves are both Republican and Democrat kissing the ass of their financial supporters and backers . I dont need anyone telling me the difference between these two corrupted whorehouse political parties .

  7. Lindsay Graham needs something else up his behind besides someone else’s d***, like a size thirteen shoe.
    Graham is a stooge for Pisrael as are nearly all of congress including the new Demoncrats just sworn in.
    Why do voters continually return morons like Graham back to Washington ? Because they’re stupid. Americans are stupid, dumbed down and disinformed. Don’t believe so? Just talk to anyone on the street for five minutes and find out for yourself.
    Anybody could tell this was going to be a no show. tRump has never kept a single campaign promise but that’s expected from all politicians and especially from the orange buffoon in the White House.
    So it’s back to square one with Lindsay mincing his way to the white House to dissuade tRump from pulling out after all the last thing Lindsay wants is for someone to pull out too early.

  8. What does one understand under US troops ? US Inc. or US Citizens or just someone who lives on US soil and can get citizenship by serving as a mercenarty ?

  9. Trump is playin the US populace and the rest of the world like a Fiddle. Just like Obama did and just like the next puppet will. I’m still convinced that the Polar Shift is main reason of this World take-over – before and for after the Big One. I’ll stop here because every time I write my philosophy on it – I get deleted – and has happened on every other website – anyways.

    1. Garry, I don‘t understand exacly what you mean. Does ‘Polar Shift’ refer to geology, or to politics?

    2. I have to agree, this looks more and more like a smokescreen for redeployment and re-arming than a real withdraw. Remember Trump saying he would say one thing and do another….

      I’m banned on RI, RT, CN and most of the west media also.

    3. I am hoping this is not one of the scenes from Nevil Shute’s “On the Beach” (old movie from 1957). The soldiers are being moved just across the border to Iraq. And so they could redeploy really fast from there.

  10. Things are changing fast now. Trump’s meeting with Graham is already old news. Opinions about what is happening now are widely diverging. This morning I read that the expected slow pullout is actually going to be very fast. No more than a couple of weeks from now. The sudden pullout will then create vacuum, that will confuse Kurds, Turks, Syrians and Russians. It will cause Turkey to head over heels move into Syria. The Kurds will react (w/ all their recent weapon supplies). This will leave Russia in a quandary. I’ll try to relocate the site where I read this.

    1. Sure, but rhey take in articles from other sites that aren’t disinfo sites. In fact, VT has taken in articles from many of the same sites RI takes in from. So I wrould rather say that disinfo depends less on the site and more on the author.

    2. For the present case, thanks to Ian’s comment, I looked more closely into the details, I found out that the above quoted article was originally published 24/12/2018, i,e. almost two weeks ago . But RI had labeled it with 3/1/2019. Hence RI led me to believe that this was “new news”. Wrong: Things are moving so fast now, that two weeks is already old news. (But that does not mean we can know what is going to happen, especially not at this point.) Many hints indicate troubles ahead …

    3. There is a whole raft of similar disinfo sites and entities and they use the tactic of lending each other fake credibility by referencing each other; they include Russia Insider, The Moscow Times, Russia Behind The Headlines, The Saker, Fort Russ and others I forget right now. They feature the same coterie of well known stooges and shills like Paul Craig Roberts, Ron Unz, Henry Makow, Pepe Escobar, Thierry Meyssan etc. They aren’t as blatant as the likes of Infowars, but they are every bit as much dishonest peddlers of propaganda lies.

    4. I think the business of knowing what is going to happen, as well as assigning guilt for what has already happened is so difficult, that almost everybody has the “wrong” opinion from time to time, i.e. in retrospect turns out to have been mistaken. As General Wesley Clark once said, if all you’ve got is a hammer, then every problem has to look like a nail. In other words, quite a few erroneous conclusions are inherent in the model and methods of analysis. To quote Anatole France ”Si les plats que je vous offre aujourd’hui sont mal préparés, c’est moins la faute de mon cuisinier, que celle de la chimie, qui est encore dans l‘enfance.”

  11. BIBI AND ISRAEL – STONEWALLED BY TRUMP, YEAH RIGHT!

    First Trump kicks Israel in the face by his decision to remove US troops from Syria. Or so we were led to believe. All of a sudden, Israelis at loggerheads with Bibi look to him to take up the slack and defend them. Israel, says Bibi will go it alone and continue to attack in Syria. Hurrahs! and Huzzas! for Bibi! Trump – in another clearly unintended (of course) yet significant boost to his butty Bibi, says he doesn’t care about Iran in Syria and for the second times in a matter of weeks Israelis spin en masse to Bibi for leadership against their mortal enemy. And they aren’t disappointed when Bibi cranks up the hawkish rhetoric against Tehran and Israel is ready to go it alone if it has to. So effectively the only one to benefit from Trump’s volte face on Syria is Bibi whose popularity in the polls at a time of national crisis sets him center stage hogging the political podium. Don’t ask why neither decision by Trump was criticized by Bibi; he was merely carrying out orders after all.

  12. Trump lied again: US is pulling out of Syria…
    Trump lied again: US is NOT pulling out of Syria
    Trump lied again: US is pulling out of Syria (or does that mean he did not lie the first time?)
    My head is spinning with the ever changing headlines…
    Is orange man bad for staying, or is orange man bad for leaving, or is orange man bad no matter what he does?

    1. The US military is a mercenary outfit given that it does the bidding of corporations, bankers, etc. and not the US people.

  13. We all knew and know Israel lover liar Trump is a pathological liar. The only things that matter are not empty words, but actions. Actions speak louder than words. However it is good to know early on that he was lying about all this. There was an earlier report that this pullout was not going to hamper relations with the gangsters in Israel. This was not unexpected. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst with Israel lover liar con artist Trump. Nothing that comes out of his big NY mouth can be believed at face value.

  14. What a bunch of BS politicians, bankers, et. al. are. Everyday it’s gonna be this, the next day it’s gonna be that….back and forth ….these guys aren’t even qualified to work in a waffle house cuz the waffle would be toast on both sides! Damn this Empire crap to eternity! Why did we ever leave the cave?

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