Trump Withdraws U.S. Forces From Syria, Declaring ‘We Have Won Against ISIS’ – The New York Times

The president overruled his military and diplomatic advisers, who warned against abandoning Kurdish allies and ceding influence in Syria to Russia and Iran.

…American allies were notably muted in their reactions. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel called it “of course, an American decision,” and said his government would study its implications. But analysts said the withdrawal would deal a blow to Israel’s efforts to curb Iranian influence in Syria.

“It’s a bad day for Israel,” said Ehud Yaari, an Israel-based fellow of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

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Mr. Trump promised during the 2016 presidential campaign to withdraw American troops from Syria, and he has been looking for a way out since.CreditSarah Silbiger/The New York Times

 

A statement released by the British government said that while the global coalition against the Islamic State had made progress, “we must not lose sight of the threat they pose.”

“Even without territory,” the statement said, the group “will remain a threat.”
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2018/12/19/us/politics/trump-syria-turkey-troop-withdrawal.html

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