In Drastic Reversal, US Prepares “Full Withdrawal” Of Forces From Syria “Immediately”

Zero Hedge – by Tyler Durden

The WSJ just reported a monumental and historic reversal in White House policy on Syria, revealing Wednesday morning the Pentagon is preparing to withdraw all forces from northeastern Syria“immediately”:

In an abrupt reversal, the U.S. military is preparing to withdraw its forces from northeastern Syria, people familiar with the matter said Wednesday, a move that throws the American strategy in the Middle East into turmoil.

U.S. officials began informing partners in northeastern Syria of their plans to begin immediately pulling American forces out of the region where they have been trying to wrap up the campaign against Islamic State, the people said.

The WSJ notes the complete 180 reversal in policy, which just days ago was reiterated by officials asan “indefinite” American presence in Syria in order to “counter Iran” while bolstering Kurdish and Arab SDF forces in the East (the YPG-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces), comes following a phone call last week between President Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

For the past week Erdogan has threatened to launch a full-scale cross border assault on US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria, which Turkey has long considered an terrorist extension of the outlawed PKK. This would potentially bring American troops and advisers under fire, who’ve found themselves in the awkward position since entering Syria of training Syrian Kurdish militias on the one hand, and coordinating broadly with a NATO ally on the other.

Perhaps Trump finally took full stock of the fact that the prior planned “indefinite” presence of some 4000 American troops was recipe for a quagmire sure to be Washington’s next Afghan or Iraq style “endless war”?

As one recent intelligence study put it“The prospect of US being militarily involved in Syria, caught in middle of one of most complex conflicts in recent memory, with shifting objectives & ambiguous endgame, has been met with congressional indifference and public apathy.” 

Will America finally exit Syria? Is Trump belatedly making good on his campaign promises?

11 thoughts on “In Drastic Reversal, US Prepares “Full Withdrawal” Of Forces From Syria “Immediately”

  1. hmmm….. ‘Will America finally exit Syria? Is Trump belatedly making good on his campaign promises?’


  2. “Will America finally exit Syria? Is Trump belatedly making good on his campaign promises?”
    Don’t think so, I smell a rat and time will prove it. Please people, please do yourselves a favor and don’t believe for one second there is any good in the puppets of zion. They’re plans will soon show. By way of deception thou shalt make war.

    1. Yeah, and their backdoor deals. Turkey on board, and Bibi recently saying Yinon is expanding to far reaches of mid-east, Syria is closed in. How can it move out from under the great grip? And Putin to the north.

      Oh those big guys, they want us to still believe and worship at their alter. And what was Assad offered, or threatened with?

      Pipelines for Peace!! Ha. Pipelines for Power.


    2. “Believe nothing, no matter where you read it or who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”
      — Buddha


    1. ‘Though some reports released on Wednesday have now claimed that the U.S. troops in Syria will soon be withdrawn due to the end of Washington’s bombing campaign against ISIS, the Trump administration shifted its Syria policy away from combating ISIS to containing Iran — a move promoted first by the Israeli government, which has long used alleged “Iranian influence” to justify hundreds of unilateral airstrikes within Syrian territory.

      If U.S. troops do leave northeastern Syria, the U.S. military occupation of northeastern Syria may end, but the administration’s policy on containing Iran in Syria through other means would still be operational. ‘……….

      thanks galen for this post

  3. At first glance, one would think, ‘Oh yes’, when pulling out of a war we should have never been involved in, but this is just another part of the f-king game.
    For the past year the United States Corporation has been pumping arms and supplies, including tanks and missiles, into Syria, in fact enough to occupy a third of that country. We have all our Freedom Fighters/Muslim mercenaries dressed in American desert khakis manning all of that equipment, and now it is time to pull out.
    Of course, just like in Iraq, we will be leaving the equipment manned by the Freedom Fighters/Muslim mercenaries, and as soon as we are gone, just like in Iraq, they will throw off those American desert khakis, throw on the black pajamas, and Shazam!, the war against the isms enters its next stage.
    So what shall we call the new terror threat to our freedoms and liberties? How about something with a little more pizzazz and reality? How about Al-Is-Ainta? Then we can send some more Americans to get killed with American ordinance being manned by another American financed army.
    USA! USA! USA!

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