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Trump wants to pull troops from Syria ‘as quickly as possible,’ but it won’t be very quick

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    US President Donald Trump wants to bring troops back from Syria as soon as possible, the White House said, but not before their goals are fulfilled. Earlier, the French president said he had convinced Trump the troops had to stay.

    “The US mission has not changed – the president has been clear that he wants US forces to come home as quickly as possible,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement cited by Reuters. The US has some 2,000 troops and a number of military contractors acting in Syria. Before they go home, though, their mission has to be fulfilled.

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    “We are determined to completely crush ISIS and create the conditions that will prevent its return. In addition, we expect our regional allies and partners to take greater responsibility both militarily and financially for securing the region,” Sanders said.

    The goals outlined by Sanders were earlier mentioned by the US envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley, in a Fox News interview. Haley’s list was somewhat broader, though, adding monitoring Iran’s activity and ensuring American interests are safe from Syrian President Bashar Assad’s purported chemical weapons. The somewhat vague objectives, combined with Washington’s refusal to hold any direct talks with Damascus and numerous demands for Assad to step down or be toppled, could effectively extend “as quickly as possible” to a nearly indefinite stretch.

    Indeed, French President Emmanuel Macron, one of Trump’s allies in the recent joint strikes on Syria, said he had convinced Trump to keep the troops in place for the unspecific “long term.”

    “Ten days ago, President Trump was saying ‘the United States should withdraw from Syria’. We convinced him it was necessary to stay,” Macron said.

    In late March, Trump said the US would be “coming out of Syria very soon” and letting “other people take care of it now,” which went against previously-outlined plans by the Pentagon and the State Department to keep troops in Syria to “support our partners,” “prevent the return of terrorist groups” and transition to a “post-Assad leadership.”

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    We're coming out of Syria very soon, let others take care of it - Trump

    Soon after that, Syrian anti-government activists, including the White Helmets, claimed Assad launched a chemical attack that killed an injured dozens of civilians in Douma, a suburb of Damascus that he was close to decisively re-taking from militants. Russian forces, who are on the ground to assist Damascus in fighting terrorists and de-escalating the conflict, said they had not found any evidence or victims of the alleged attack, and accused the White Helmets of faking it. Presently, Trump boasted that “nice and ‘smart'” American missiles would soon fly to Syria.

    After a week of UN Security Council meetings and failed resolutions, and before a fact-finding mission by the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) could arrive at the site of the alleged attack, Trump, together with Macron and UK Prime Minister Theresa May, launched about a hundred missiles into Syria. Their stated goal was to cripple Assad’s purported chemical weapons facilities and stockpiles, but one of the targets they hit was reportedly a civilian facility that specialized in medicine.

    View the original article: https://www.rt.com/usa/424227-trump-withdraw-syria-quick/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

    Now, Haley says at the UN Security Council that America remains “locked and loaded” for more strikes should new “chemical attacks” come, and uses an if-clause when talking to Fox about the prospects of withdrawal from Syria. And while Trump’s people say he wants a withdrawal “as quickly as possible,” it’s highly likely that it will not be very quick at all.

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