Published: Thu, December 20, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Donald Trump Is Wrong, ISIS Hasn't Been Defeated in Syria, Experts Say

Donald Trump Is Wrong, ISIS Hasn't Been Defeated in Syria, Experts Say

Trump has long expressed a desire to withdraw troops from the war-torn region, but had been urged against rapidly withdrawing us armed forces.

In this picture taken on March 29, 2018, USA soldiers sit on a house acting as an outpost at Halawanji village, north of Manbij town, Syria.

But a USA official told AFP on Wednesday that the United States was planning a full withdrawal, after Trump tweeted: "We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency".

In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the United States had defeated the Islamic State's "territorial caliphate".

Abdul Rahman went on to say that Daesh Takfiris executed three more people on Wednesday for "smuggling civilians" out of the enclave toward SDF-held areas.

President Donald Trump's announcement on withdrawing troops from Syria shocked many people today, including Republican lawmakers.

The UK is part of the US-led coalition carrying out airstrikes against Isis in Syria.

USA officials told Fox News that the US was considering pulling all 2,000 American troops on the ground in Syria. "Everything that has followed is implementing the agreement that was made in that call", the official said.

"Trump's tweet also drew criticism from British defence minister Tobias Ellwood who tweeted "(Islamic State) has morphed into other forms of extremism and the threat is very much alive".

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U.S. mulling complete withdrawal of troops from Syria: sources

United States forces were recently directed by Secretary of Defense James Mattis to establish observation posts along the Syria-Turkish border as part of an effort to reduce tensions between Turkey and America's Kurdish allies in the fight against ISIS. And without the USA, there will be a vacuum where ISIS, Iran and Russian Federation could gain a foothold.

But President Trump promised earlier this year that U.S. troops would leave Syria "very soon".

Secretary Mattis continued to strongly insist that the US must remain in Syria in perpetuity until ISIS is completely defeated, which is largely an impossible logistical task.

National security adviser John Bolton warned in September that the United States would stay in Syria until the departure of Iran - a key backer of Assad. He then concluded, given the approach presented to him by Mattis, that ISIS' downfall can now allow us to withdraw from the region.

The White House said the time-frame for the withdrawal was expected to be between 60 to 100 days as military chiefs wind up the US-led campaign to retake territory once held by Islamist extremists.

The US has about 2,000 troops on the ground in the country, where they are primarily training local forces to combat ISIS. At the same time, however, officials have acknowledged that thousands of fighters remain in cells throughout Syria. "I think anyone who has looked at a conflict like this would agree with that". While the military campaign against ISIS was considered almost completed, the administration's new goals were the departure of all Iranian and proxy forces from the country and the establishment of a stable government acceptable to Syrians and the global community.

The timing of the troop withdrawal was not immediately clear and US officials who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity did not disclose details about the deliberations.

Although the formal objective of the troops is the defeat of the militants, the administration has broadly defined that goal as ensuring that the Islamic State can not reassert itself, that political stability has been achieved under United Nations resolutions for a new constitution and eventual elections, and that all Iranian and Iranian proxy forces have left the country.

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