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OffbeatRussia blesses US troop withdrawal from Syria

23:45  19 december  2018
23:45  19 december  2018 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

Trump Considering Full Withdrawal of U.S. Troops From Syria

Trump Considering Full Withdrawal of U.S. Troops From Syria Pentagon officials were trying to talk the president out of the proposed withdrawal, arguing that such a move would betray Kurdish allies who have fought alongside American troops in Syria.

President Trump’s decision to withdraw U . S . forces from Syria is finding approval from Russia , which partnered with Iran to provide military support to Syrian dictator Bashar Assad. Russia has threatened to attack this base in recent months, alleging that the United States is sheltering terrorists.

WASHINGTON — President Trump has ordered the withdrawal of 2,000 American troops from Syria , bringing a sudden end to a military campaign that largely vanquished the Islamic State but ceding a strategically vital country to Russia and Iran.

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President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria is finding approval from Russia, which partnered with Iran to provide military support to Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.

"A milestone story which might evolve from this decision is a real prospect for a political solution,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday.

The results of the decision could be felt promptly at a strategically-significant border crossing in southeastern Syria, the diplomat suggested. U.S. forces have maintained a camp called At Tanf, which helped prevent Iranian ground forces from establishing a “land bridge” through Iraq and Syria to Lebanon. Russia has threatened to attack this base in recent months, alleging that the United States is sheltering terrorists.

Trump’s Syria troop withdrawal shows how hard it is to end US military intervention

Trump’s Syria troop withdrawal shows how hard it is to end US military intervention Future presidents will remember this moment. To hear the outcry over President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw all US troops from Syria, one would think he’d just made the greatest strategic blunder in American history. Max Hoffman, a national security expert at the liberal Center for American Progress, tweeted that “Trump’s Syria decision is a huge mistake.” Jonathan Schanzer, a leader at the conservative Foundation for Defense of Democracies, tweeted, “Obama’s red line debacle was a dark day for American leadership in the Middle East. This is far worse.

Thousands of troops fighting and dying in yet another Middle Eastern country is not what’s best for America.

In Russia , TASS news agency quoted the Foreign Ministry as saying withdrawing U . S . troops from Syria created prospects for a political settlement. The United States has not ruled out that Islamic State’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi could still be alive. A U . S . withdrawal could open Trump up to

"Hope emerges that this location on the Syrian map will follow the example of Aleppo and other Syrian towns and villages which begin getting back to peaceful life," Zakharova told local media, in remarks quoted by state-run TASS. “Once Americans were there, there was no such hope.”

Aleppo was one of the most important rebel strongholds, but Assad recaptured it in December 2016 with the aid of Russian airstrikes. Zakharova received that encouragement the same week that western officials are trying to press the Assad regime to begin negotiations over a long-term political settlement.

Ambassador James Jeffrey, who returned to the State Department in August to lead this effort as special envoy for Syria, emphasized the importance of this week in the ongoing talks.

Vladimir Putin Welcomes U.S. Withdrawal From Syria

Vladimir Putin Welcomes U.S. Withdrawal From Syria The Russian president said the Trump administration had made “the right decision” about pulling troops from the conflict zone.

The US troop withdrawal from Syria needs a “pause” in order to protect the Kurds, the potential interests of Israel, and to prevent Iran from scoring I think we ’re slowing things down in a smart way. Earlier this month, Trump announced his decision to withdraw the US contingent – believed to be

MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Thursday hailed the decision by President Trump to withdraw United States forces from Syria , calling it “correct” because the American troops were not needed.

“We’re very close to a potential breakthrough or a breakdown this week,” Jeffrey told the Atlantic Council on Monday.

That diplomatic context contributed to Republican frustration with the decision. “History will look at that as one of the stupidest strategic moves before a negotiation,” Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., told the Washington Post. “In order to have a successful diplomatic outcome, you have to have a military option and a military presence.”

Israel sees limits of Trump support with Syria pullout.
Israeli leaders have lauded Donald Trump for his list of decisions in support of their country since taking office, but the mercurial president's withdrawal of US troops from Syria will not rank among them. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); After Trump's surprise announcement of the pullout last week, Israel is concerned over whether its main enemy Iran will have a freer hand to operate in the neighbouring country, analysts say.

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