nearvideo trump declared victory over ISIS in Syria; US troops pull back
Some military officials warn that the Islamic state could regroup; CSIS Mideast program Director Jon Alterman responds.
In a video taken in front of the White house and posted on his Twitter account on Wednesday, President Trump explains his sudden decision to pull troops from Syria, earlier in the day in an unusually personal words, said he found it to be inform always difficult for soldiers, family members that their relatives have died in combat.
“We have said, fought for a long time in Syria,” Trump. “I’ve been President for almost two years, and we have really stepped in it. And we won, against ISIS. We have, and we have beaten them badly. And now it’s time to get our troops back home.”
He continued: “I’m very sad to write when I have letters or call parents, wives or husbands of soldiers who were killed fighting for our country. It is a great honor; we cherish you. But it is heartbreaking. Now we have won-it is time to come back. You are always ready. You’re going to see you soon.”
The President, of the titled the video with the call to the progress against ISIS ‘historic’ added that the soldiers had played a crucial role in securing global stability.
“These are great American heroes. These are the great heroes of the world, because they fought for us. But you have killed ISIS, the hurts, the world. And we are proud to have made it.
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“And I say to you, you are up there, watching us, and there is no one happier or more proud of their families, to have done to you in a position where you are, so good for so many people. So our boys, our young women, our men-they are all come back, and you can come back now. We have won. And that’s the way we want it.”
Then, pointing to the sky, Trump concluded, And that is the way you want it.”
Known deaths of U.S. military personnel are relatively rare in Syria. Earlier this year, a roadside bomb in Northern Syria, two soldiers of the coalition, including one American, and wounded and killed several others.
The President of the announcement of a total military withdrawal triggered an immediate backlash from within his own party early on Wednesday, and left some commentators wondering why a similar retreat was not announced for the US troops in Afghanistan and other global hotspots.
Top Republican senators in the comparison s move former President Barack Obama Trump ‘ the decision for the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011.
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Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., told reporters that a planned White house meeting to discuss Syria has been canceled after he arrived in the executive mansion in the afternoon.
“The recent history of the wrought with the kind of results that happen when you Wake up just by leaps and bounds one day and decide that you are going to do something,” Corker said. “I have never communicated seen a decision like this, since I’ve been here 12 years – where nothing in advance and all of a sudden this kind of massive decision.”
Corker, who will leave the Senate next month, adding that “in many ways,” trump, the decision was even worse than Obama, because “here we are in a situation where we are in the vicinity of the Eurphrates River Valley, up to the finishing, cleaning [ISIS].”
The 44th president’s troop withdrawal from Iraq was accused, by some, for the creation of a vacuum that allowed ISIS to gain a foothold in the region.
“It is of course a political decision,” Corker added. “But I’m sad for the lives that will be lost very quickly and I’m sad for all the people that have sacrificed, in the way that you have, into something that is won.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S. C., who has more, closely with the trump administration as a Corker, Trump said the “Obama-as-decision” would signal that America’s middle East allies can’t rely on Washington.
“My theory is that by pulling from 2,200 in the North-East of Syria, is the boost ISIS’ ability to, again,” he told Fox News. “But even more than that, the Kurds in Syria, who came forward when no one else will help us in the fight against ISIS fought bravely and died in large numbers, they feel abandoned.”
“For me, this is an Obama-like decision. I hope I’m wrong. But I don’t think I am, and I have no understanding of why we do this,” Graham. “For me, it is a poorly thought-out idea. The disadvantage is really great, and the head is pretty small.”
U.S. officials told Fox News that the nation consider all of the 2,000 American troops on the ground in Syria. Trump appeared to tweet a reference to the decision in a morning, when he said: “We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my sole reason for his presence during the Trump presidency.”
Graham echoed Corker, by complaining that the decision came “out of left field,” that the Congress informed, even officially, and it would make it harder to have the support of allies in the region: “good luck to always help someone, you have to fight in this war in the future.”
Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.