by Axios | Updated on 1.11.19
The U.S. military has begun the process for withdrawing its 2,000 troops in Syria, Col. Sean Ryan, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State, told the AP.
Details of the withdrawal from Syria have not been released, but the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which covers the Syrian war from the ground, says a convoy of armored vehicles left a northeastern town in Syria on Thursday night, according to the AP.
The big picture: Trump's tweet announcing that he would withdraw U.S. troops from Syria was met with widespread backlash from congressional Republicans and Democrats as well as defense experts. Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned shortly after, and Turkey has threatened to attack the Kurds. Trump has since agreed to withdraw at a slower pace, instead of in 30 days.
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If experts, including 4-star generals, such as General Jim Mattis, (USMC-Retired), are of the opinion that the U.S. should NOT remove troops from Syria, his expert opinion would be the top consideration for any military movement. The opinion of a weak-chinned, falsely claiming bone spurs to avoid the draft at rich daddy’s behest, would be the first idea that is tossed into the shredder.
We have no business being in the Middle East anymore. 17 years at war and what have we gotten from it? More terrorism and civilian casualties thanks to the bombings from the United States. Why is it that we have to be the ones to “re-stabilize” other nations when we have so many problems over here already. The UN needs to be more involved to take the weight off our backs!
Promises made. Promises kept.
Once again, Trump shows no respect for the intelligence of the average voter. He says that his priority is our security then wants us to believe that women and children from Mexico are more dangerous than ISIS. Remember that Trump, in one week; 1. Shut down our government. 2. Severely damaged our relationships with major allies by pulling out of Syria. 3. Forced the resignations of John Kelly and Jim Mattis. 4. Lifted sanctions placed on Oleg Deripaska. The only country that benefits from all this is Russia. Putin is very happy man.
People who want the military in these countries never have served. They want to save the world but they don’t want it to be them. Thank God they weren’t around in the sixties.
Since when does the U.S. suck hind tor to China.... Since trump the chump, that's when. Why do we let this moron embarrass us on the world stage? America is being ruined by a idiot and nobody cares.
I saw a map of what territory ISIS has left in Syria. We should take what troop we have in Syria a kill everyone in those zones. Their territory is like the size of Rhode Island. You make an announcement that in 24 hours anyone in that zone will be killed. You give them one road out with a check point. You then finish off those that remain to fight. Every building will be flatten then you send in ground troops. After these battles are over you send our troops to park between Turkey and the Kurds to defend them. In time Turkey will realize they are not going to attack them and if they do we will defend the Kurds ore friends and allies since Iraq war.
ITS ABOUT TIME, LET THEM FIGHT THEIR OWN WAR...
I don’t know why someone would oppose this. Oh wait media attention. We are not the worlds police.
So tired of our troops being used as the police & builders of other countries. We need to pay attention to history...no one has ever conquered Afghanistan, let’s be out of there too. The only purpose I see for our participation in the Middle East is to protect the American oil companies. That was Chaney’s war.
Get out the middle East n start minding our own business and fix our own country over burning tax money on a war in a foreign country.
Accord to Military News, there are no directions for troop pullout as of yet, they are just pulling out larger equipment at the current moment. Again I believe this is a terrible mistake and by withdrawing from the region and leaving the Kurds to face the Turkish Army is a slap I the face to the allies we have made on the ground. I do not believe we are engaged in State building at the moment inside Syria but I do believe we need to protect the assets our hardware and tax dollars has gone to help remove Daesh from the region. Simply pulling out when the problem is not solved is the wrong decision.
Why, after all the lives lost, trillions spent, should AMERICA GIVE PUTIN, ASSAD, THE MURDEROUS SYRIAN PRINCE & WHATEVER IATOLLA IS IN CHARGE OF IRAN A WIN? WHY DAMN IT? THIS IS "F"D UP
Once again a fantastic blonder but the stupidest president in the history of this country. How can his republican counterparts in the house and the senate standby and watch this moron, and do nothing about it; I will never now. This idiot will have us reliving 911 with in the next five years.
We do not need to be in Syria, PERIOD. We’ve messed up that once beautiful country enough by sponsoring ISIS. Syria has been a haven for Armenian Christians and still is. That should have been the test to see what kind of attitude we should have toward Syria. Let’s get out NOW. We never should have been there to begin with.
I don’t believe that we should interfere in every conflict and I believe we should stay out of most of them. But, we are already in this one and we need to stay there awhile to see ISIS defeated and, more importantly, the Kurds protected. Turkey has a rogue leader who wants us out of Syria so they can kill the Kurds and Trump is only too happy to comply. But, I understand that Trump’s instant pull out announcement has been changed by those in the know. The troops aren’t pulling out but they are moving some equipment.
I am a trump supporter but this isn’t ok, we must stay in Syria, apparently he hasn’t learned why Iraq were failures and it’s still kinda a mess today, it was because the United States left too early and their new government wasn’t stable, I believe we should over throw the Syrian Government, place a new government similar to ours and then slowly, very slowly pull out of Syria and once their government takes effect by its self it will set an example throughout the Middle East, plus gives another ally to Israel
Isis is not defeated. And now countries are turning to Russia for help this is not good
ISIS has not been fully defeated, and withdrawal too early in the current situation will likely lead to the same conditions that created ISIS in the first place. Moreover, leaving at this time creates a vacuum for Russia and Iran to completely fill, and for Turkey to invade farther and to massacre our Kurdish allies. The latter in particular sets a dangerous precedent regarding our military allies. And all this because Erdogan (who has publicly stated intent and plans to massacre our allies in Syria) said he wanted us out, and Trump felt like conceding. This withdrawal is irresponsible—not just on an international level, but also with regard to our own national security.
Bring the troops home. It’s been a failed foreign policy in the Middle East since Eisenhower administration. Throwing money and American lives at this failed policy hadn’t done anything but make the arms dealers rich. The war on Terror has made more terrorist than it has destroyed. Spend that money on the health and welfare on the servicemen, servicewomen and Veterans that came back and need help. End the Veteran homeless problem. Bring them home.