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Trump’s Syria military pullout, not under John Bolton’s watch (Video)

RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou take a quick look at the announcement from the Trump White House that the United States has decided to station a ‘peacekeeping group’ of roughly 200 US soldiers in Syria for a ‘period of time’ after the much hyped withdrawal.

Once again we see that once the US enters a country for a regime change mission, it becomes nearly impossible to fully disengage, ultimately leaving America in the role of invader and occupier, for an indefinite amount of time.

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Via RT…

Despite President Donald Trump’s promises to withdraw American troops out of Syria, the US intends to maintain presence on the ground with a “small peacekeeping group” for an unspecified “period” of time, the White House said.

“A small peacekeeping group of about 200 will remain in Syria for a period of time,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement without elaborating.

Trump took the world by surprise back in December, when he announced the US withdrawal from Syria without specifying a timetable. The initiative was not well received in the Pentagon, even forcing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to resign after clashing with Trump, as both the generals and politicians have been claiming that US presence in Syria is vital and that Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorist group would inevitably reemerge if all of some 2,000 Americans leave.

The US withdrawal is being stalled by concerns about potential Turkish incursion into the territories currently controlled by the US-backed Syrian Kurds. On Thursday, Trump had another phone call with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the issue. Washington wants Turkey to agree to a buffer ‘safe zone’ in northeastern Syria and is also contemplating arming the Syrian Kurds, despite Ankara’s strong opposition.

While the US continues its diplomatic maneuvering, some noted the irony, wondering if the White House was using the term ‘peacekeeping’ correctly or was even aware of what it actually means. Others questioned the logic and the motive of maintaining such a contingent on the ground, noting that 200 troops could serve as a human shield, but is unlikely to really sway the outcome of the conflict.

Traditionally, the term peacekeeping has been used to describe the UN Blue Helmets whose missions are strictly mandated by the Security Council. American troops, however, hardly have any legal basis to remain in Syria, as they had never been invited by the official government in Damascus.

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February 23, 2019

The US military have absolutely NO legal mandate to be in Syria and as such, they are an occupying force. They are therefore legitimate targets for the Syrian military and the Syrian’s should start “target practice” asap. If the US military go home in body bags – TOO BAD!.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Normski1
February 24, 2019

I hope the US regime occupiers of Syria will all be flown home in body bags. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Olivia Kroth
February 24, 2019

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February 24, 2019

What’s the point of collaborating to your comment section, which I did yesterday, if you’re going to moderate my contribution by deleting it while it was already quite moderated. It was a decent reply to Normski’s comment. What I wrote about Bolton, the Bolted-on mustache, is based on facts, especially military suggested ones that is. As for his mustache, you’ve got to be blind not to notice it. If he wears it as is, he is seen exactly as he sees himself in the mirror, but that doesn’t kill anyone, at least I hope not. If you’re fair, you’ll publish… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
February 27, 2019

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Olivia Kroth
February 27, 2019

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Olivia Kroth
February 28, 2019

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