Germany has turned down a request from Washington to deploy ground forces in Syria as the US military looks to scale back its presence in the region, describing the proposal as inconsistent with Berlin’s “well known” policy.

US Special Representative for Syria Engagement James Jeffrey confirmed on Sunday that he had asked the German government to provide troops to replace a portion of US forces currently stationed in Syria. He said the request was part of Washington’s preparations for an eventual US military withdrawal in the country.

Berlin didn’t wait long before issuing a curt “nein” to its transatlantic ally.

“When I say the government envisages sticking to the current measures in the anti-Islamic State (military) coalition, this includes no ground troops, as is well known,” government spokesman Steffen Seibert said during a news conference on Monday.

While Germany has shunned the idea, Jeffrey seems confident that other US allies will commit to sending troops to Syria. The US diplomat told Defense One that he expects a “breakthrough” agreement in the coming weeks, which would include coalition forces replacing US troops as they withdraw from Syria.

The response shouldn’t come as a shock to Washington. Germany has generally been wary of direct military intervention in Syria. In May of last year, Chancellor Angela Merkel assured the public that the Bundeswehr “will not participate in possible military actions.”

Filling in for US troops in Syria will come with certain moral and legal hazards, however. US military forces have been operating in Syria without the consent of Damascus or UN authorization, what is tantamount to an illegal occupation.

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Damascus insists that the Western military presence in Syria is illegitimate, pledging to liberate “every inch” of the country from uninvited foreign troops.

 

Source: RT

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No worries, I’m sure the lackey Poles will be more than happy to oblige whatever Americans demand of them.

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Americans have been desperately trying to get out of Afghanistan and they are bogged down supporting Ashraf Ghani and the Afghan Army in their fight against the Talibs for over 17 years now and the Talibs aren’t defeated. They even tried to get the Pakis to fill the vacuum which was not acceptable to Afghans. The Talibs aren’t allowing them to leave and holding them back. If Americans leave Taliban will lose all purpose. The Americans want to move out of Syria and the Turks have got them bogged down for their supporting the Kurds and now Americans have been… Read more »

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Pakis have a lot of [irregular] troops in Afgha. They’re well known, their names are… Talibans… US are not in a difficult “economic” situation when it comes to overseas deployments, they’re even at an all time low in 60 years. The real thing is at this level : In Afgha, you had 102k US personnel in 2011, now they’re 9k+. There are not a lot of US troops in Syria or Iraq but it may increase soon since some Texan units are to be deployed in Afgha+Iraq this month. Any way, if Trump needs manpower, he’s able to re-affect a… Read more »

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Awesome analysis DBS.

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VERY GOOD NEWS

Saudi Arabia and UAE are losing the war in Yemen !!! UAE withdrawing their troops from Yemen, asking “peace process” with the Houthis !!! This event is very important for the ME, the balance of power will dramatically change in favor of Iran and its allies. Saudi Arabia would have to negociate with Iran, and the planned alliance with Israel could completely fail !!! Dark horizon for Israel in the ME !

UAE says reducing troops in war-torn Yemen

https://www.france24.com/en/20190708-uae-says-reducing-troops-war-torn-yemen

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Poor Abou Falafel AKA Leith Abou Fadel and Daeshbacks Sucks AKA Nakba 2.0, they were hoping an alliance with Saudi Arabia, now it’s too late for this ! LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL.

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Actually, the way I “appreciate” Gulf monarchies are very close to the way I appreciate the Iranian+Qatar+Turkish+Paki regimes, terrorists like al-Qaeda, ISIS, Hezbollah, IRGC, Houthis, JeM, LeT, Boko-Haram, etc etc etc : the world woud definitively be better without all of these snakes. The only quality of the Bani-Saud is they know how to be VERY elastic when it comes to the survival of their regime. If they deemed it necessary, mark my words, you’d have a gay pride in Mecca organised every year if it could save their bütts. To be frank, had it been up to me, I’d… Read more »