President Donald Trump speaks to a gathering of mayors in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018.
Trump met Tuesday with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to hash out a Syria strategy now that the Pentagon estimates that 90% of the territory held by Islamic State fighters has been recaptured. And second, because then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson just announced in January that the 2,000 American troops in Syria would remain there. "It's time. We were very successful against ISIS; we'll be successful against anybody militarily, but sometimes it's time to come back home".
ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday that his military "won't stop" trying to oust Syrian Kurdish fighters from northern Syria, as he met with the leaders of Russian Federation and Iran for talks on trying to resolve the conflict.
In his comments on Syria at a White House news conference on Tuesday, Trump made clear he wants others, such as Saudi Arabia, to pick up the costs of rebuilding Syria.
On Wednesday morning, the White House seemed to postpone orders that President Donald Trump had issued the day before instructing U.S. troops to begin a withdrawal from Syria.
US troops are reportedly staying in Syria - at least for now.
The summit meeting came as the USA said its military mission to eradicate Islamic State in Syria was coming to a "rapid end", but offered no timetable for withdrawal.
Confirming that another chapter of war on terror continues-and disputing claims made by the president as recent as yesterday-the White House on Wednesday issued a statement suggesting there is no end date for USA troops to have a presence in Syria.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders rejected concerns that a U.S. withdrawal from Syria might encourage deeper Iranian involvement in the country, saying United States allies and partners in the region could help with security.
He wants to ensure Islamic State militants are defeated but wants other countries in the region, and the United Nations, to step up and help provide stability in Syria, the official said. "If the USA really wants to counter Iran in the region, it has to stay in Syria".
Trump had said on Tuesday that he meant to withdraw troops from Syria and that a decision would be announced soon.(ANSAmed).
It's true that ISIS is on its heels in Iraq and Syria. "They're pointing weapons to deter Turkey, an ostensible North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally fighting for control of non-ISIS held territory in northern Syria against a Syrian-Kurdish faction we help", said Ford, now a fellow at Yale University and the Middle East Institute.
"And as you remembered - in civilian life - for years I said, 'keep the oil, ' I was always saying 'keep the oil.' We didn't keep the oil".
If Trump did withdraw U.S. forces from Syria, it would be the only good foreign policy decision he has made thus far.
The withdrawal of USA forces after the defeat of ISIS would leave the US -backed Syrian Democratic Forces to an uncertain fate.
Votel also explained, "In many regards, the military aspect" is "the easier part".
Trump has since sacked Tillerson, but United States military commanders and diplomats have continued to work to implement the policy, including efforts to stabilize eastern Syria. Asked in a press conference about the USA position, Rouhani responded that Washington just wanted more support for the mission.