Just months after proclaiming to the American public that U.S. soldiers will completely withdraw from Syria “very soon,” President Donald Trump has reportedly agreed to a new strategy under which the more than 2,000 troops currently occupying the war-torn nation will remain “indefinitely.”
“We have to force the United States to leave.”
—Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
“The new policy is we’re no longer pulling out by the end of the year,” James Jeffrey, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s representative for Syria engagement, told the Washington Post on Thursday. “That means we are not in a hurry.”
To justify keeping American troops in Syria for an “indefinite” period of time, the Trump administration’s new strategy redefines U.S. “objectives” in the country from “defeating ISIS” to ejecting all Iranian military forces and proxies from the country—despite the fact that Iran’s presence in Syria, unlike America’s, is at the invitation of the Syrian government.