This File Photo Of Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017 of the Syrian civil protection, with White helmets, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows civil defense workers and Syrian citizens gather after an air strike hit a market in Maaret al-Numan in the southern Idlib, Syria.
President Donald Trump has reportedly agreed new goals to keep the American troops on the ground in Syria for an indefinite period of time to ensure Iranian troops are driven out of the country, and to continue to put pressure on the Islamic state.
The new policy stands in stark contrast to the comments of Trump, in April, as he explained, he wanted to get out “” from Syria and “bring back our troops home, and added that the U. S is “very serious” to do just that.
The Washington Post citing a senior State Department reported on Thursday that the renewed interest to help the U.S. military in Syria in the midst of concerns related to the use of Russia to sell Iran.
James Jeffrey — a former U.S. Ambassador who also served as the Deputy national security adviser to President George W. Bush was recently named “special representative for Syria-commitment,” the move by the trump-administration, and said that the Post is the US “until the end of the year.”
The new objectives of the journey from Iran and the creation of a stable political environment “does not mean that we are in a hurry,” Jeffery said, says the paper, the President had agreed to what he defined as “a more active stance.”
“I am confident that the President is on Board,” he said.
America has around 2,000 troops and outposts in Syria.
President Trump on Wednesday warned the Syrian government that the U.S. is “very angry” if it carries out a military offensive against the rebel-held Idlib– where an estimated three million civilians, many of them fled previous fighting in the last rebel stronghold. The province also includes an estimated 10,000 hard-core fighters, including al-Qaeda-linked militants.
“If it’s a slaughter, the world is very, very angry and the United States, very angry, too.” Trump said Wednesday in a White house meeting with the emir of Kuwait.
The US and its allies have warned, Idlib would trigger offensive, a humanitarian crisis, and prompt western retaliation, in particular with a chemical attack.
Jeffery noted that each type of attack will not be accepted, ” period.”
“An offensive, objectionable to us, as a reckless escalation,” he said, including chemical weapons, causing refugee exodus or attack on innocent civilians.
“the consequences are that we will move our positions and use all our instruments to make it clear that we need to find ways to achieve our goals, they are less dependent on the good will of the Russians,” Jeffery, the paper said.
The presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey are all scheduled to meet on Friday in Tehran to discuss the situation in Syria, which could determine whether the military action is exercised in Idlib.
Each country has its own reasons for involvement in the year long conflict in Syria. Iran wants a presence in the surrounding region of Israel and Lebanon, while Turkey is a mass fear of migration of refugees from more violence and destabilization.
Russia wants to continue its presence in the field, to fill the void left by America’s long uncertainty about what he wants in the conflict.
Jeffery, the paper said it is the job of the U S Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from office removal, wherein the administration of extended focus in the region of a “new phase, where the forces from the different countries against each other,” in contrast to the pursuit of their own goals.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Benjamin Brown is a reporter for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bdbrown473.