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President Donald Trump announced plans to withdraw troops from northern Syria, but there is no timeline for this to happen, according to National Security Advisor John Bolton.
During a trip to Israel, Bolton also said the pullout is “conditioned on defeating the remnants of the Islamic State group and on Turkey assuring the safety of U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters,” per Politico.
One of the president’s senior allies, Senator Lindsay Graham, told CBS’ “Face The Nation” that “the president is slowing down and is re-evaluating his policies in light of those three objectives: Don’t let Iran get the oil fields, don’t let the Turks slaughter the Kurds, and don’t let ISIS come back.”
What has the international reaction been to President Trump’s announcement? What are the potential consequences of this military strategy?
- Philip Gordon Senior fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; former special assistant to the president and White House coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf Region from 2013–15
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