'Sand and death': Donald Trump summarises Syria

'Sand and death': Donald Trump summarises Syria

'Sand and death': Donald Trump summarises Syria

President Trump said that the USA would continue to protect YPG terrorist in Syria even after they leave the country. Pompeo allayed Netanyahu's concerns about Trump's pullout from Syria, which is a source of concern for Israel, which is anxious about growing Iranian influence in Syria.

President Donald Trump on Monday attacked former military leaders who have criticized his assorted foreign policy moves as "failed generals".

Mr Trump also pledged to protect the Kurdish population in areas under U.S. and Kurdish control in Syria at the moment.

Trump also affirmed there was no timetable for the withdrawal from Syria, countering aNew York Times report on Monday of a four-month period for the troop withdrawal.

While White House officials have denied reports that Trump also has ordered half of the 14,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan to come home, Trump made it clear he has run out of patience for what's become the longest USA war.

'If anybody but Donald Trump did what I did in Syria, which was an ISIS loaded mess when I became President, they would be a national hero, ' Trump tweeted, using another acronym for IS. We will work closely together to make sure we get this right.

The president's decision to withdraw USA forces, announced on December 19, surprised top administration officials and allies whose troops are fighting alongside U.S. in a coalition to defeat the Islamic State terrorist group. "Just doing what I said I was going to do!"

Much of the criticism surrounding the President's decision to withdraw troops from Syria - a move he frequently mentioned both on the campaign trail and in office - has been tied to the possibility that a lack of USA troops could allow ISIS to regain some of its strength in the region.

However the Turkmen have expressed their desire to be set free from the dictatorship of the pro-US Kurds, not by Syria but by Turkey.

Critics not only warn of a resurgence of IS, but worry that the American exit is a betrayal of USA -backed Kurdish forces in Syria and leaves them vulnerable to an attack from Turkish forces.

The Kurds have been the main element of the US-backed "Syrian Democratic Forces", a proxy army operating in northeastern Syria against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS). "They're going to Russian Federation, who hates ISIS more than we do", he said, using a different acronym for IS.

Those concerns are shared at the top of Trump's own Republican party. Lindsey Graham (R, South Carolina) explained on Sunday.

In response to the uproar, Trump national security advisor John Bolton will soon visit allies Turkey and Israel, which each have their own complex goals in Syria's multi-dimensional civil war.

Saying that the Taliban and Islamic State terrorists are "fighting each other" in parts of Afghanistan, he said he told the generals, "Why don't you let them fight?"

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