Published: Thu, April 05, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

White House: Mission against ISIS in Syria coming to 'rapid end'

White House: Mission against ISIS in Syria coming to 'rapid end'

According to officials familiar with the preparations for the meeting, Trump's entire national security team strongly advised against a hasty withdrawal from Syria.

The president said that the US mission would not extend beyond the destruction of the Islamic State, and that he expects other countries, particularly wealthy Arab states in the region, to pick up the task of paying for reconstruction of stabilized areas, including sending their own troops, if necessary. The SDF sent fighters to Afrin from other areas, and the US-led coalition has said this resulted in limited offensive operations against IS.

While Mr. Trump has pressed intensively to withdraw troops and unwind American involvement, a number of military and civilian leaders have argued that keeping the remaining 2,000 United States troops in Syria and maintaining the more than $200 million in recovery aid there are crucial to completing the job of defeating the Islamic State.

Asked about the possible USA pullout, Rouhani said the United States' move from Syria is an excuse for soliciting money from countries that want them to remain there.

Sanders added, however,"We will continue to consult with our allies and friends regarding future plans". The U.S, expects "countries in the region and beyond, plus the United Nations, to work toward peace and ensure that ISIS never re-emerges".

Trump said during the meeting that he expects other countries to help pay for reconstructing liberated areas and possibly keeping areas stable with their own forces, according to the Post.

"Military defeat of ISIS on the Syrian battlefield does not necessarily equate to defeat of the group", he said.

Trump in recent weeks has asked Saudi Arabia to contribute $4 billion for reconstruction in Syria, according to a US official, as part of the president's effort to get other countries to pay for stabilizing the country so the USA isn't on the hook.

The first such tripartite summit was held in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi on November 22, 2017 to discuss progress made in the Astana peace talks and changes in Syria's de-escalation zones. However, training of local forces would continue.

Mr. Trump was in OH delivering remarks on trade policy when he veered off topic and said, "We're knocking the hell out of ISIS", and added: "We'll be coming out of Syria, like, very soon".

At around 7:00 am on April 4, 2017, an air strike hit Khan Sheikun, a small town in northwestern Syria held by rebel fighters opposed to Assad's Russian-backed regime. "The Washington Post newspaper also reported that at the meeting Trump said that the troops" stay would not be extended until the victory over the IS but could remain there to train the armed gangs and ensure that the aforementioned extremist does not retreat to areas from which they were already expelled. "I want to start rebuilding our nation". The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal talks. Three years later, Iraq's military largely collapsed in the face of an Islamic State onslaught that captured a large chunk of the country.

While Rouhani was skeptical of US motives, Putin too issued a strong call on Wednesday for other nations to participate more actively in Syria's restoration efforts.

Rouhani of Iran, longtime rival to the Americans, reacted with derision to the planned US pullout from Syria, calling it a ploy to extract concessions from countries in the region.

Other outlets said Mr Trump agreed to keep USA troops in Syria for an "undetermined period of time" to ensure Islamic State militants were defeated.

"When we let one regime off the hook, others take notice", said Haley.

Author of a book on stability and other issues called Game Changers, Mann said a complete pullout would have lasting negative implications.

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