1,000 US troops left in Syria will be moved to Iraq as the Trump administration faces fallout over a possible ISIS resurgence
Added 10-20-19 11:14:03pm EST - “Observers have warned that Trump's abrupt decision to remove the remaining US troops from Syria may lead to an Islamic State resurgence.” - Businessinsider.com
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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “1,000 US troops left in Syria will be moved to Iraq as the Trump administration faces fallout over a possible ISIS resurgence”. Below is an excerpt from the article.
US soldiers in Syria will soon be moved to neighboring Iraq in order to fight a possible ISIS resurgence in the region.
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told reporters en route to Afghanistan on Saturday that the roughly 1,000 US troops left in Syria will be "repositioned" into western Iraq, which runs along the Syrian border. He said the goal of the move would be to help defend Iraq and to "perform a counter-ISIS mission as we sort through the next steps."
He said the sudden withdrawal of US troops could take "weeks not days," and said the president has approved keeping some forces in At Tanf in southern Syria, which has served as a strategic base for training Syrian opposition groups and countering ISIS threats.
Esper did not specify where exactly troops would be stationed in western Iraq, and said he would soon be discussing with allies what the "next phase of counter-ISIS campaign" will look like.
President Donald Trump has vowed to withdraw US troops from Syria since the last Islamic State stronghold in Syria, located in the town of Baghuz, was defeated in March.
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