US reached decision on withdrawal of troops from Syria

Vastavam web: The United States has reached a decision on a possible withdrawal of troops from Syria, the top US intelligence official said today, adding that an announcement was imminent.According to a report in the Washington Post, Trump has instructed military leaders to prepare a pull-out from Syria, but has not set a date for them to do so.”There will be a statement shortly relative to the decision that was made,” Coats said at a breakfast with defense reporters.

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he wants American troops to “get out” of Syria, even as top US officials stressed the need to stay for the long term.”Our primary mission in terms of Syria was getting rid of ISIS,” Trump said, using an acronym for the Islamic State group.But at the same time Trump was speaking at a news conference with Baltic leaders, the top commander for the war against IS signaled different views.

General Joe Votel, who leads the military’s Central Command, suggested the US should play a long-term role in Syria in terms of stabilizing the areas freed from IS occupation.”Of course there is a military role in this, certainly in the stabilization phase,” he added.And Brett McGurk, the US envoy to the coalition against IS, stressed the fight against the jihadists was not over.