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Politics McConnell: Trump's troop pull back in Syria a 'grave strategic mistake'

00:20  19 october  2019
00:20  19 october  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) ripped President Trump's decision to pull back troops from northern Syria on Friday and urged the administration to reverse course.

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"Withdrawing U.S. forces from Syria is a grave strategic mistake. It will leave the American people and homeland less safe, embolden our enemies, and weaken important alliances. Sadly, the recently announced pullout risks repeating the Obama administration's reckless withdrawal from Iraq," McConnell wrote in a Washington Post op-ed.

McConnell added that the combination of the U.S. drawback and the fighting between Turkey, which invaded part of northern Syria, and the Kurds was creating a "strategic nightmare" for the United States.

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McConnell's op-ed comes after Vice President Pence announced that the United States and Turkey had agreed to a five-day ceasefire, during which the United States won't apply additional sanctions.

If that holds the ceasefire would then become permanent and the Trump administration would agree to lift sanctions that they introduced earlier this week.

But McConnell, in the Post op-ed, argued that even if the ceasefire sticks the pull back of U.S. troops and Turkey's invasion had "set back the United States' campaign against the Islamic State and other terrorists."

"Unless halted, our retreat will invite the brutal Assad regime in Syria and its Iranian backers to expand their influence. And we are ignoring Russia's efforts to leverage its increasingly dominant position in Syria to amass power and influence throughout the Middle East and beyond," he added.

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McConnell (R-Ky.), in an op-ed in the Washington Post, says, "Withdrawing U. S . forces from Syria is a grave strategic mistake ..America' s wars will Spoke to an official with the Kurdish Red Crescent, a humanitarian nonprofit org that operates in Syria , who confirmed 6 patients, including children

Trump ’ s statement also confirmed that all 1,000 US troops in north-eastern Syria are pulling out Trump has faced a rare rebellion from congressional Republicans, who have habitually backed him Mitch McConnell , the Senate majority leader in the Senate, said the pullout of US troops from Syria

McConnell specifically pointed to reports of Russians filming themselves at abandoned U.S. bases within Syria calling it a "strategic calamity neatly captured in one Facebook post."

Trump's decision to pull back U.S. troops, paving the way for Turkey's invasion, has sparked a fierce backlash from traditional GOP allies on Capitol Hill, who called it "catastrophic," a "grave mistake" and a "disaster in the making."

McConnell has repeatedly raised red flags about Trump's decision. He told reporters during a press conference on Wednesday that he had told Trump privately, as well as publicly, that he disagreed with the decision.

"I don't know how many times I need to say it and I think I'm speaking for most members of my conference that this was a mistake and I hope it can be repaired," McConnell said at the time.

Trump has defended his decision to pull back U.S. troops saying it is "time for us to get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars."

But McConnell appeared to fire back at that on Friday, writing that "America's wars will be 'endless' only if America refuses to win them."

Lawmakers are currently weighing potential legislative responses to Trump's strategy.

The House passed a resolution this week that formally broke with the decision, and is expected to vote next week on sanctions legislation against Turkey.

McConnell hasn't yet said what, if any, legislation he will bring up for a vote on the Senate floor.

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