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Det hvite hus kunngjorde onsdag at USAs innsats i Syria for å utrydde IS «går mot en rask avslutning».

Trump sa under et møte i Ohio for en uke siden at det var på tide å avslutte i Syria, men mediene trodde det mer var en meningsytring. Nå virker det mer seriøst.

The annoucmemt came shortly after the Washington Post reported that President Trump instructed military leaders during a meeting on Tuesday to begin planning the withdrawal of troops from the war-torn, Middle Eastern nation.

Det nye sikkerhetsteamet Trump har utnevnt: Mike Pompeo som utenriksministesr og John R Bolton som nasjonal sikkerhetsrådgiver, skal være sterkt imot tilbaketrekning.

Det vil overlate Syria til Iran, Tyrkia og Russland. De tre lederne sitter i dag i møte i Ankara. Trumps erklæring er en gedigen gavepakke.

Men det ser ut til at Trump mener alvor.

According to a Washington Post report, Trump said that while U.S. troops can still be involved in training local forces to ensure security in liberated areas, he expects other nations – particularly the oil-rich Arab states – to help pay for the reconstruction of Syria and send in their own troops.

«As far as Syria is concerned, our primary mission in terms of that was getting rid of ISIS,» Trump said on Tuesday during a news conference with leaders from the Baltic nations. «We’ve completed that task and we’ll be making a decision very quickly, in coordination with others in the area, as to what we will do.»

Trumps uttalelse kommer samtidig som amerikanske soldater står skulder ved skulder med kurderne i Manbij i nord. Hvis amerikanerne skulle trekke seg ut, vil ikke kurderne ha en sjanse mot tyrkisk flyvåpen og artilleri.

Øverstbefalende for Centcom, Joseph Votel, sa nylig at jobben ikke er fullført:

«The hard part, I think, is in front of us, and that is stabilizing these areas, consolidating our gains, getting people back into their homes, addressing the long-term issues» such as reconstruction. «There is a military role in this, certainly in the stabilization phase.»

 

White House says US mission in Syria coming to ‘rapid end’