President Trump took a U-turn from his earlier statement that he gave five months back. He has expressed his intention of getting out of Syria and bringing the U.S. troops back home then.
According to the senior State Department officials, the President has now agreed to a new strategy. This is to keep troops indefinitely and launch diplomatic and economic efforts to achieve the American objectives.
The military campaign was almost complete in the Islamic State and the US troops were supposed to be called back. But then, the US redefined its goals and now plan to keep its troop in the country until all the Iranian military and proxy forces exit from Syria. The troops will remain in position till the establishment of a non-threatening and stable government in Syria that is acceptable to both the Syrians as well as the international community.
The change in the stance was made public by a retired senior Foreign Service officer, James Jeffrey. Last month only, he was named the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s “representative for Syria engagement.”
He said, “The new policy is we’re no longer pulling out by the end of the year. They will remain in the country to ensure an Iranian departure and the “enduring defeat” of the Islamic State. That means we are not in a hurry.”
On being asked if Trump has signed off the new strategy, he said that he is confident that the President is in agreement with the new arrangement. He, however, declined any new military mission and emphasized on taking major diplomatic initiatives. The idea is to make more use of economic tools than military missions. The US will try putting more sanctions on Iran and Russia who have been known to be the principal allies to Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian President. The US expects that it is their support that led to obliterating the efforts of domestic rebels to oust Assad. As of now, around 2,200 U.S. troops are there in Syria.