Trump reverses himself on Syria pullout order

'Netanyahu, Trump clash over Syria early withdrawal plan'

The director of the Pentagon's Joint Staff said on Thursday that US military policy toward fighting Islamic State militants in Syria remains the same following discussions with President Donald Trump this week.

"President Trump is right about getting out of Syria, there is very little benefit from keeping 2,000 troops there, but at the same time there is enormous strategic risk", says Daniel Davis, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and now military expert at Defense Priorities, a Washington think tank that advocates a strict focus on traditional national security challenges and caution toward projection of military force.

"A lot of great work's been done in Syria", Lt. -Gen.

Regardless of exactly when the troops leave, the decision to remove them as soon as possible has forced an immediate realignment of long-term United States objectives in the country, officials said.

Then-President Barack Obama opposed any U.S. military involvement in Syria, but he then acquiesced in it as an assist to a humanitarian mission at Singar and then Kobane, Brenner recalled. They formed a key component of Trumps new Syria strategy, laid out by then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a speech in January declaring it "vital for the United States to remain engaged in Syria".

A dominant theme in much current commentary about Trump's presidency is that, after more than a year in office, he at last feels comfortable in reverting fully to the demagogic habits and themes that characterized him as a campaigner.

He told the crowd in OH that "We are going to get back to our country, where we belong, where we want to be". He indicated earlier this week that he wanted to bring the troops home, though by Wednesday the White House was backpedaling on this, saying troops would stay. "I want to start rebuilding our nation".

Trump Visits West Virginia Hints at Utility Bailout
Trump also noted he'd been criticized for saying in his campaign kickoff speech that Mexico was sending rapists across the border. He repeated his unfounded and unsubstantiated claim that "millions and millions of people" voted illegally in 2016. .

Shortly before the meeting, Trump signaled that countries that want the U.S.to remain in Syria may have to pay for the continued military presence, singling out Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Embassy in Washington did not immediately comment. In fact, Trump was so critical of Obama for putting an arbitrary deadline on the 2011 Iraq withdrawal that he dubbed Obama "the founder of ISIS", arguing that Obama had signaled to al-Qaida sympathizers in Iraq that they need only wait the US out. USA forces advise the Syrian Democratic Forces, made up primarily of Kurds, which has been America's primary military partner in the fight against the Islamic State.

The president had opened the meeting with a tirade about USA intervention in Syria and the Middle East more broadly, repeating lines from public speeches in which he's denounced previous administrations for "wasting" $7 trillion in the region over the past 17 years.

That's not all. A USA withdrawal would create an Obama-style vacuum that would be filled by Iran, Hezbollah, Russia and the Assad regime.

The dominance of the PYD and YPG in northern Syria has created a region directly across Turkey's border from which the PKK can continue to threaten Turkey's security.

"Having won the war against ISIS we have to win the peace", observes national security analyst Bob Maginnis of the Family Research Council. So Obama decided, with the Islamic State apparently defeated, that it was time for the United States to come out and let Iraqis "take responsibility for their country".

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces control about 25 percent of Syria, and the Kurds are hoping to emerge from the conflict with a degree of self-rule in their territory. The Pentagon has warned that the distraction could give IS the reprieve it needs to regroup after four years of being pummeled.

Related News:

  • Striking Oklahoma Teachers Share Their Demands

    Striking Oklahoma Teachers Share Their Demands

    Oklahoma Republicans passed a tax hike for hundreds of millions of new dollars for public schools and teacher pay raises. Many teachers already are back at work, especially in rural communities where local boards didn't vote to shut down.
    Mannsville Family Loses Home in Fire

    Mannsville Family Loses Home in Fire

    Three days before the crash, neighbors had called Child Protective Services after two disturbing encounters with the children. Investigators said they believed the driver deliberately sped the SUV , with the six adoptive children inside, off the cliff.
    Several dead after car drives into crowd in Germany

    Several dead after car drives into crowd in Germany

    The incident took place at the square surrounding the Kiepenkerl statue, a city landmark that commemorates a traveling peddler. Police and paramedics, including helicopter units, from the wider area of North-Rhine Westphalia were deployed to the scene.
  • Russian Federation  says it will respond firmly to new United States  sanctions

    Russian Federation says it will respond firmly to new United States sanctions

    Some, but not all, of the individuals sanctioned will also be prohibited from entering the United States . In 2003, Shamalov married Putin's daughter.
    Ousted South Korean leader Park sentenced to 24 years over corruption scandal

    Ousted South Korean leader Park sentenced to 24 years over corruption scandal

    Prosecutors had been asking for a 30-year prison sentence and a fine of about $120 million to be imposed on the former president. In February, Choi was sentenced to 20 years in prison for enriching herself by using her influence to gain favour.
    Samsung profit tops estimates bolstered by memory-chip demand

    Samsung profit tops estimates bolstered by memory-chip demand

    Samsung won't provide net income or break out divisional performance until it releases final results later this month. The firm expected the consumer electronics division's operating profit to increase by 32 percent to 500 billion won.
  • Pentagon: Unclear whether National Guard troops sent to border will be armed

    Pentagon: Unclear whether National Guard troops sent to border will be armed

    The Pentagon could not say where the money would come from and Trump admitted the White House was still "looking at" costs. Bryant said Friday in a statement that Mississippi's National Guard "will stand ready to receive the president's orders ".
    NYPD releases video in connection with police-involved fatal shooting

    NYPD releases video in connection with police-involved fatal shooting

    Surveillance video from April 5, 2018, shows Saheed Vassell brandishing a metal object before being fatally shot by police. In response, officers shot that man - identified as Saheed Vassell - because they believed the metal object was a gun.
    Toronto Raptors: Rolling at the Right Time

    Toronto Raptors: Rolling at the Right Time

    In an ugly win against the tanking Dallas Mavericks , he shook off a rough shooting game and canned two backbreaking 3-pointers. With the Boston Celtics beating the Raptors earlier this week, there is going to be some revenge factor for the home team .
  • The YouTube HQ Shooting Suspect Has Been Identified

    The YouTube HQ Shooting Suspect Has Been Identified

    The family also showed ABC News their home, which they shared with Nasim, including the area where she made her YouTube videos . Aghdam's motives are now unknown, but videos online suggest she had a vendetta about the video sharing website YouTube .
    Exiled Catalan ex-leader Puigdemont hopes to return to Belgium

    Exiled Catalan ex-leader Puigdemont hopes to return to Belgium

    Several ministers of the former Catalan government were arrested, while Puigdemont fled to Belgium to avoid arrest. Justice Minister Katarina Barley of Germany applauded that the courtroom's conclusion to spare Mr.
    Amazon introduces 'Alexa Announcements' feature for Echo speakers

    Amazon introduces 'Alexa Announcements' feature for Echo speakers

    Announcements expands the already robust communications skills of Echo devices including Calling, Drop In, and Messaging. In other words, it turns your Echos into intercoms.


Most liked

South Pacific Nation Vanuatu Rejects Reports Of Hosting Chinese Military Base
The prime minister added that she could not comment on the validity of the report, and her remarks were in response to media reports.

Chelsea's special tribute to club legend Ray Wilkins was just sheer class
The 48-year-old reiterated that, beginning today against London neighbours West Ham, his players will not be expected to ease off. Then, if we arrive at the right moment, we will speak about the future". "We must win this game".

Interim turnout in Hungary's election hits 68.13 pct
According to the National Election Office, more than 3.3 million voters had taken part by 1pm, with a turnout rate of 42.3%. The anti-immigrant campaign has gone down well with numerous roughly two million core voters of Fidesz.

Campaign urges Israel soldiers to refuse to shoot unarmed Palestinians
The Health Ministry in Gaza today said more than 1,400 Palestinians were injured, including 758 by gunshots, mostly to the legs. Israel says most of those killed were militants. "IDF troops fired toward them", the army said.

Lacey's Holowka strikes out 14 in shutout: Softball roundup
Maya Goodwin led the way on both sides of the ball for LEAP Academy in its 16-0 win in five innings over Lindenwold in Lindenwold. Ellefson didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning when Malyn Hunter doubled to the gap in left-center field with two outs.

Crude oil prices dip slightly
Gasoline stocks dropped by 1.1 million barrels, just under analysts' expectations for a drop of 1.1 million barrels. Output from the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries dropped to the lowest in a year in March.

South Africa court adjourns Zuma corruption case
South Africa's former President Jacob Zuma has been charged with corruption over an arms deal going back to the 1990s. The corruption allegations were previously filed against Zuma but were dropped prior to his presidential run in 2009.

Police clear the crowd as Salman Khan returns home
Khan has almost $90 million riding on his projects in coming months with at least three films in the pipeline, analysts say. The other four accused - actors Saif Ali Khan , Tabu, Neelam, and Sonali Bendre - were acquitted in the case.

Record-breaking Aussies make waves in pool
The result caps another excellent day for Australia , who now have a total of 32 medals from their exploits in the pool, including 11 golds.

Backpage.com, affiliated websites seized by feds
Meanwhile, people who said they had placed ads on Backpage complained that they were not issued refunds or notified of a shutdown. It features a statement showing that it and its affiliated websites have been seized by the federal authorities.

U.S. implements sweeping sanctions against Russian oligarchs
Shamalov married Putin's youngest daughter Katerina in 2013, multiple sources who were at the wedding told Reuters. Deripaska's conglomerate, Basic Element , said it regretted the sanctions and was analyzing them with its lawyers.

Malaysian PM announces parliament dissolution
Also present with Najib during the telecast was deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and other Cabinet ministers. But a weaker result, even if the coalition retains power, could lead to an internal leadership challenge against Najib.

Lawsuit: Ancestry DNA test reveals woman's biological father was parents' fertility doctor
In the early '80s, Rowlette's parents, Howard Fowler and Sally Ashby, had been dealing with infertility issues and turned to Dr. Upon hearing the news, Mortimer reportedly "cried" knowing he did not disclose his genetic misdeeds the lawsuit stated.

Two Dedza men slapped with 14 years in jail for robbery
A "find my phone" computer app helped Athens police apprehend a robbery suspect Wednesday night, an official said. The Edgars Connect store was robbed at gunpoint by three suspects who forced a staff member to open the safe.

Russian Federation says 1100 have evacuated rebel stronghold Ghouta
Jaish al-Islam has not yet confirmed the accord, amid reports hardliners within the group were refusing to leave their positions. Around 1,300 fighters, activists, and civilians signed up for evacuation, according to the Observatory.