Fox News: Trump says US troops in Syria to be withdrawn, redeployed in region
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Just when you thought Trump was really going to pull those troops out of the Mid-East ("To end those endless Middle-Eastern wars) - Fox News Reports:
It's not clear right now when the roughly 1,000 U.S. troops in Syria will be pulling back. The “small footprint” the president referenced was the At Tanf garrison in southern Syria near Jordan, where troops are expected to remain to guard a supply line used by Iranian-backed forces to move weapons between Tehran and Beirut, as well as Damascus, the officials added.
ISIS traditionally has not had a large presence in that part of Syria.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper released a statement a short time after Trump’s tweet saying the decision by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to invade northern Syria has “resulted in widespread casualties, refugees, destruction, insecurity, and a growing threat to U.S. military forces.”
“Turkey's unilateral action was unnecessary and impulsive. President Erdogan bears full responsibility for its consequences, to include a potential ISIS resurgence, possible war crimes, and a growing humanitarian crisis. The bilateral relationship between our two countries has also been damaged,” Esper said.
Turkey’s invasion has “resulted in the release of many dangerous ISIS detainees,” Esper added in the statement.