Defense secretary says plan is for U.S. troops in Syria to transfer to Iraq, Trump maintains they're coming home

The Week 1 month ago

It appears U.S. troops leaving Syria won't be coming home — at least not yet — as President Trump had indicated last week, and reiterated today.

Instead, defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday that all U.S. troops leaving northern Syria will be re-stationed in western Iraq where they will reportedly defend the country and continue to conduct preventative operations against the Islamic State, as the cease-fire brokered with Turkey in northern Syria mostly seems to be holding. Esper also did not rule out counterterrorism missions from Iraq into Syria.

The plan calls for about 1,000 troops to head to Iraq, adding to the more than 5,000 troops currently in the country. "Things could change between now and whenever we complete the withdrawal, but that's the game plan right now," Esper said. The secretary added that he will talk with U.S. allies at a NATO meeting next week to discuss how to handle military operations to block any resurgence from ISIS.

But Trump still maintained that troops were coming home in a Sunday morning tweet, in which he also called Esper the wrong name.

Read more at NBC News and The Associated Press.


Source link
Read also:
The Week › 1 month ago
It appears U.S. troops leaving Syria won't be coming home — at least not yet — as President Trump had indicated last week, and reiterated today. Instead, defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday that all U.S. troops leaving northern Syria will be...
CNN › Politics › 1 month ago
Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Tuesday that American troops ordered out of northern Syria will "temporarily" go to Iraq before they return to the US, and that President Donald Trump has not yet approved a plan to keep some troops in Syria to protect...
Business Insider › 1 month ago
US troops leaving Syria for Iraq hit a hurdle Tuesday after Iraq said it hadn't given permission for them to regroup there. US defense secretary Mark Esper said Monday troops would be re-stationed along the Iraq-Syria border, with a mission to secure...
Chicago Tribune › 1 month ago
The statement by Iraq's military appears to contradict U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who has said that under the current plan, all U.S. troops leaving Syria will go to western Iraq.
Raw Story › 1 month ago
Speaking to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour at the Prince Sultan Air Base in Riyadh this Tuesday, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that US troops withdrawn from Syria’s northeast region will “temporarily” be transferred to Iraq before returning home...
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.
CBS News › 1 month ago
U.S. troops that President Trump said were coming home from Syria are instead moving into Iraq. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the soldiers will continue fighting ISIS. He also said that some of those troops would be left in eastern Syria to protect...
Axios › Politics › 1 month ago
Defense Secretary Mark Esper told reporters Saturday night that all U.S. troops leaving Syria will go to western Iraq, the Wall Street Journal reports.Go deeper: Pentagon chief Esper insists U.S. hasn't abandoned Kurds, demands Turkey halt Editor's...
New York Post › 1 month ago
US troops being pulled out of Syria will be deployed to western Iraq where they will battle Islamic State terrorists, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Sunday. He did not rule out the idea that the forces would conduct counterterrorism operations...
ABC News › 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
Sign In

Sign in to follow sources and tags you love, and get personalized stories.

Continue with Google
OR