OffbeatRussia blesses US troop withdrawal from Syria

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

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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.

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"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.

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“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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