US Troops In Syria Are Going To Western Iraq To Fight 'Defeated' ISIS
Removing U.S. troops from northern Syria was part of President Donald Trump’s plan to bring America’s men and women in uniform back home and away from “endless wars” — at least, that is what the president told the country.
But Trump’s decision to withdraw American forces from Syria — roughly 1,000 troops — ahead of Turkey’s long-planned incursion into the region is not bringing everyone home.
According to The Hill, Defense Secretary Mark Espers said on Sunday that most of the troops will be relocated to western Iraq in order to continue operations against ISIS — a terrorist group that Trump has repeatedly said he defeated.
Esper also indicated it is possible that American forces will conduct counterrorism missions into Syria from their station in Iraq, adding that about 700 troops could be placed there after leaving Syria.
"One is to help defend Iraq and two is to perform a counter-ISIS mission as we sort through the next steps,” he said, noting that it would take weeks to move troops from Syria to Iraq. "Things could change between now and whenever we complete the withdrawal, but that’s the game plan right now.”
Trump received bipartisan criticism over his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria, where the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have been assisting the U.S. in battling ISIS for years.