Coming back to another warzone: US troops leaving Syria will find ‘home’ in… western Iraq

RT 1 month ago

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that US forces withdrawing from northern Syria will be relocated to western Iraq, where they will participate in ongoing operations against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS). Esper told reporters that he would not rule out the possibility that the American troops could conduct cross-border missions into Syria from their new home in Iraq.

Explaining his decision to pull US troops out of Syria, Trump argued earlier this month that it was “time to bring our soldiers back home” – but it now appears that this won’t be happening any time soon. The US troop withdrawal coincided with Turkey’s military incursion into the region, purportedly to create a “safe zone” inside Syrian territory. The military operation has been widely condemned by the international community.

The pullout caused a full-blown media meltdown, with the New York Times even wringing its hands over the fact that Syrian forces were filling the “US void” in northern Syria. The United States was never given permission to conduct military operations on Syrian soil, and Damascus has repeatedly accused Washington of carrying out an illegal occupation of its sovereign territory.


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Washington Times › 1 month ago
Defense Secretary Mark Esper says that under the current plan all U.S. troops leaving Syria will go to western Iraq, and that the military will continue to conduct operations against the Islamic State group to prevent a resurgence in that country.
The New York Times › 1 month ago
Defense Secretary Mark Esper says that under the current plan all U.S. troops leaving Syria will go to western Iraq and the military will continue to conduct operations against the Islamic State group to prevent its resurgence.
Fox News › 1 month ago
All U.S. troops leaving Syria as part of the withdrawal plan recently announced by President Trump will be stationed in western Iraq, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday.
The New York Times › 1 month ago
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ABC News › 1 month ago
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Chicago Tribune › 1 month ago
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