Why There Will Be No Full US Troop Withdrawal From Syria

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Why There Will Be No Full US Troop Withdrawal From Syria

A contingent of US troops will remain deployed in Syria even after the troops withdrawal declared by President Donald Trump.

On February 21, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced that “a small peacekeeping group of about 200” troops will remain in Syria for “some period of time.” By February 22, it had appeared, according to US officials quoted by mainstream media, that Sanders had underestimated the number of troops remaining. According to these reports, 200 US troops will remain in northeastern Syria and 200 others will remain in the al-Tanf base on the Syrian-Iraqi border.

By February 23, the story had developed further with the Pentagon officially declaring that the remaining US troops will be a part of the multinational force consisting of “primarily” NATO member states. While Pentagon spokesman Commander Sean Robertson, provided no manpower estimations for this force, media reports relying on US defense officials suggested that the US allies will keep from 800 to 1,500 troops.

Therefore, from 1,000 to 1,700 troops, 200-400 of whom will be US personnel, will remain deployed in the war-torn country alongside with an unknown number of private military contractors. Comparing to the current 2,000-3,000 US troops operating in Syria, this is a notable decrease. However, this is far from any kind of the rapid and full troops withdrawal announced by the US president in December 2018.

In fact, Washington is reshaping its contingent to pursue own political and military tasks in the post-ISIS Syria. The US-led coalition will also keep most of its infrastructure established in Syria, including the al-Tanf base on the Damascus-Baghdad highway. This will allow the Trump administration to achieve the following goals:

  • To limit the growth of influence of the Damascus government, Iran and Russia in northeastern Syria;
  • To keep own proxies, the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), under control and prevent any significant progress in negotiations between Damascus and the SDF in short-term. In some cases, this may lead to the creation of a quasi-state on the eastern bank of the Euphrates. This entity will in fact be controlled from Washington;
  • To keep a direct action tool to influence the situation on the ground. This should strengthen the US negotiation positions in its ongoing bargain over the northeastern Syria safe zone with Turkey;
  • To continue projecting power in Syria assisting to Israel in its operations against Iranian and Iranian-backed forces.

Meanwhile, Washington also continued its diplomatic campaign against Iran. During the Warsaw conference held on February 13-14th, the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia once again attempted to establish a multi-national anti-Iran coalition to crack down on the growing regional power. This effort failed mostly because a neutral stance of EU states. However, this does not mean that the conflict between the Iran-Hezbollah bloc and the US-Israeli-Saudi alliance has any real chances to be de-escalated.

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  • come-and-take-it

    US troops in the Fulda Gap part deux. I wonder how our boys will feel being the sacrificial lambs for any dust-up that happens between any of the very vociferous forces that wander that part of the world? They will be completely combat-ineffective, so what other purpose could they serve?

    • Hasbara Hunter

      It’s good for the sale of Body bags….Stocks will go up….

      • Jens Holm

        I dont see that. Very much is distance killing by the Coalisition – still improving.

        • Hasbara Hunter

          What coalition? There ain’t a coalition any longer….just an Evil Cabal….out to kill us all….this is the Enemy….

          • Jens Holm

            We are in the coalision having 200 danes in Iraq. Many others are too financing a lot of it too as well as the logistics. .

            You must be blind or censured. Many ohers are in Iraq as well as fighting ISIS where we are.

            Name it as an evil Cabale, if You wish, but I wrote as I did, because of not many caualties as someone like Ypu probatly hope for.

          • Hasbara Hunter

            These 200 Danes are nothing but Cannonfodder for the Elites…expendable working-units….if they all Die the Elites don’t give a shit…but just sit & eat some more…

    • Jens Holm

      I hardly see any coalision losses there, but none seemes to be friends to fight for. It seemes much like the only normal ones are the refugees.

  • Joe

    It’s ok with Assad as he is not complaining at all

  • verner

    the commander in chief is hampered by his disobedient servants in the pay of the militaryindustrialcomplex and until he can get fatso and bedbugcrazy bolton and evil abrams and pedo pence in line he, donny, won’t ever be the unchallenged commander in chief, which he feels he ought to be. and as long at that situation persists, moronistan will continue its search for useless wars and regime changes all to the total detriment of the people back home – infrastructure collapsing, healthcare system a joke with 30% covered and the rest uncovered, pension-systems underfunded to the nth degree and so on and so forth – the only federal part of the bureaucracy getting whatever it asks for is the military (and the police and cia and fbi, dea und zu weiter).

    moronistan needs a humongous veterans demonstration in washington dc to set things right, to wrestle control from the criminal and corrupt cabal presently making the world an unsafe place. the people dereve a just and fair government and the present one and the one preceding etc is totally wrong and needs to be replaced. post haste.

    • Jens Holm

      At lest some sunstance. I partly agree in the part of You should be left alone. I alomost only see dirt and mud.

      We should send You only TV, rafio,internet and fodd for oil only.

  • badgery

    All the wet MAGA dreams have gone dry.

  • Real Anti-Racist Action

    Trump is not in charge of the US. He is a puppet. Jewish-deep-state owns and runs Americans lives. Tel Aviv commands our military. Trump cannot be blamed, as no president is anything other then a poster-boy. The American people are slaves to the military-brats who get paid to push the American people around.
    https://dailystormer.name/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Negroes-slip-by-angry-mob-enter-school-whites-leave-1.jpg

    • Jens Holm

      No substance at all

      • Garga

        Sigh…
        I’m very much tempted to use the word “idiot” to describe this loudmouth. Many of you probably already blocked him, her or it (damn you possessive determiners and pronunciation! Farsi is sugar.).
        Starting from up and go down, writing gibberish and whining about “substance”. An irony so thick, you could beat the crap out of Jens with it.

  • Hasbara Hunter

    Nothing is left of this Terrorist-Creating American Wet-Dream….what the U.S. of A. Needs is a Revolution…for their True Leaders represent Evilness & Wickedness….worshippers of Satan out to destroy every living thing…..except themselves and the rest of their Bloodlines….Skull & Bones, Freemasons, KKK, the Planned Genocide of the Indigenous Peoples to steal their land, “Jews”, the Vatican, Jesuits, Black Nobility, Kings & Queens….all the way up to King John…& Julius Ceasar….Down with the Roman Empire & their Vassals…them is Evil Folks together with their Science-Boys…..Fuck the American ISIS-Lovers…..& their IsraHell-Beachead…Europe is Fully involved in this shit too….Overthrow the European Government & Hang these Dictators High if found Guilty of Treason….which they all presumebly will…..

    • Jens Holm

      When You know that much and has all the soultions for it, You should go over there. Remember a good flag for it.

      • Hasbara Hunter

        I am there buddy….I’m already two moons training up in the Sierra Nevada, training for what is about to come….All Europeans get Fed up with their Elitist European Dictators….we will be knockin’ On their doors when the time is right….just take a look at France….

        • GRAHL

          What are you training for? You’re in America now? Are you going to hole up in the Sierra Nevadas and wait for some upcoming war?

          • Hasbara Hunter

            Sierra Nevada Spain….Training for Battle-Readiness so to speak….have to keep up your Condition, Skills & Spirit…bein’ outside alone in the wild for two moons is a good way of doing so….

          • GRAHL

            Very interesting. Thank you for the insight.

  • John Whitehot

    the few hundreds of US troops that “will remain” will go home after a while (perhaps after the elections in israel?).

    this is just a move that’s been made because Netanhyau was making too much noise and the zionist appeasers at the pentagon could not bear it. But with 2 or 4 hundred still there, they can make all the accomodation with the israelis to shed some more US blood, so to get back in numbers – or at least this decision keeps these options open on the zionist tables.

    No doubts though that 2/4 hundreds of personnel means that the US isn’t backing zionist regime change dreams, while they still show to support the israeli worries about “Iranians in Syria”, which has become an entirely electoral theme exploited by Netanhyau.

    • Jens Holm

      Hard to say this is much about Israel even You plaster and plaster like that. You lie and lie for Yourself and others, so too many use that as an ecplanation for making no chanes Yourself – Covered by that camouflage net.

      Thats the main reason for, we should not be there. Then You would have Your own selfmade chaos and could not use that excuse.

      You cant even change the neo-colonialistic borders and insist in socalled countries, which is not.

      Millions in the area is low populated and You insist Yourself women is lower then the men handling things bad. Those women also are very unproductive.

      The reasons for that of course is Islam and culture from ancient times. We fight against it every day where I live. Some muslims comming here should not go back to, where we were.

      In their youth 2 of my grandparents never lived in the so´called good old days. 4 of my grandfaters siblings emmigrated because they were as poor as any could be.

      We will have none of that here. As You might have seen, the attitudes from here has become harder and we demand in stead of being too nice. Too nice seemes not to work, we dont want You here as states in states like Yours.

      So keep Your relative succes where You are. When You insist and even in the most infame way blame jews and us for all Your problems in explanations, we see You as unproductive ants – well a part of us do.

      Even if the most poor ones like changes for themselves like kurds and have a program, You are not even allowed to understand. You understand non of democrasy and dividing the power at all as well as productive western economy.

      Not even the poorest parts are allowed to improve their conditions by what we think is needed and normal progress. But the rich part of Assads are hardly having no limits from that.

  • Xoli Xoli

    Trump is not in charge of USA it is all outdated wrinkle face general’s .

    • Jens Holm

      He in charge for parts of USA. Tecknical the power is divided in partly equal ones.

      So making decissions for a President actually need to be more united or close to the rest. It is made to avoid dictatorship. Even its kind of strange now anf then, I think its a good idea being united in warfare and other things in stead of a President can command the rest.

      Even Obama was no republikan, he could be some unifications with the majority of Republicans there. Thats how You run a country.

  • Sinbad2

    Have they dug their graves, because no one else will dig them.

    • Jens Holm

      Facts for tehm/us isnt like that. Its like that for the ones You say is Yours.

  • Marko

    Substituting NATO forces and private mercenaries for US troops doesn’t constitute a “withdrawal” in any meaningful sense. It’s a “rotation”.

    Essentially , the US-led war on Syria continues , for the indefinite future. Another Afghanistan.

  • Why? Because trump is a traitor sock puppet for the Deep State.
    Wanna stop this crap? Vote Tulsi Gabbard for 2020.
    #Tulsi2020

    • John Wallace

      While I agree with you she is probably the best choice the powers that be will discredit her with whatever bullshit required. She is already portrayed as a lover of Assad , possibly of Putin so can not be trusted. Far too many believe this crap so her chances of getting anywhere are very limited. The other problem is the power money will not be helping her at all so she really is up against a brick wall. Sad but true. At least she has your vote but one is not enough..