The White House abruptly announced on Wednessday that it would quickly withdraw all forces from Syria despite warnings from top advicers.
The move could no doubt create further instability and uncertainty, as the move left U.S allies in conditions of uncertainty and provided Russia and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, an opportunity to take control over the country.
” Our boys, our young men, our men, they’re all coming back and they’re coming back now. We won,” Trump said in a video message on Twitter.
” Our boys, our young men, our men, they’re all coming back and they’re coming back now. We won,” Trump said.
Previous administrations have made effort in an attempt to end the lingering civil war in Syria.
Forces backed by the United States, Turkey, Iran and Russia have seized this opportunity to get involved in the proxy battle as the unending civil war has made Syria a Cauldron for terrorist.
Since 2015, Assad has turned the war in his favor with military support from Russia.
The President’s action is in fulfillment of his campaign promise to pull out U.S troops from Syria, as there was no value in such costly and dangerous military missions overseas.
The Islamic State once controlled the vast swath across Iraq and Syria, but have been dealt a severe blow leading to their partial defeat. This may have prompted the President to take this crucial decision.
” We have started the process of returning U.S troops home from Syria as we transition to the next phase of the campaign,” Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said in a statement. ” We will continue working with our partners and allies to defeat ISIS wherever it operates.”
Military officials have commenced plans for a rapid departure of the entire U.S troops of more than 2000, since the pronouncement.
White house officials like Defense Secretary, Jim Mattis and secretary of State, Mike Pompeo have both pitched their stand on the move as premature and risky, owing to the fact that militants embrace insurgents tactics and will seek to regain areas they once controlled.
” Getting rid off the caliphate doesnt mean you then blindly say, ‘okay, we got rid of it,’ march out, and then wonder why the caliphate comes back,” Mattis told reporters in September.
The policy shift was immediately criticised by lawmakers from both parties, as heard from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C) comments in an interview that he was ” completely blindsided” by the announcement.