BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 A.M.) – US President Donald Trump defended his decision to withdraw troops from Syria, describing the country as nothing more than “sand and death” at a cabinet meeting in Washington DC on Wednesday.

“Syria was lost long ago. It was lost long ago. We’re talking about sand and death. That’s what we’re talking about. We’re not talking about vast wealth. We’re talking about sand and death,” explained the US president.

“The Kurds, our partners, are selling oil to Iran. We’re not thrilled about that. I’m not happy about it at all. At the same time, they fight better when we fight with them,” he added.

However, Trump said he wanted “protect” US-backed Kurdish fighters, but did not wanted to remain in Syria “forever”.

His latest comments follow the announcement in December that the US military would begin its withdrawal from Syria. The decision shocked many US allies and the defence establishment, prompting then defence secretary Jim Mattis to resign. The Kurds reacted with consternation, calling the move a “blatant betrayal”.

Some 2,000 US military personnel are thought to be stationed in Syria.

 

 

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CHAOS KNIGHT
CHAOS KNIGHT
2019-01-03 11:20

USA war in syria is for ISRAEL
its all about ISRAEL , USA gain/benefit nothing from it . only sand and death

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2019-01-03 14:48
Reply to  CHAOS KNIGHT

Actually, you’re totaally wrong : it’s a pact to cut Syria in two between Turkey and Iran… Turkey wants some oil fields and in Iraq too, Iran wants access to Mediterranean sea and way to extend influence all over the Mediterranean basin and Africa too… Look, IRGC/Quds Force was the main operator to destabilise Libya, even more than Qatari SOFs and they are also serious trouble makers in Nigeria where the little Shia community is near as much a pain in the a$$ as Boko-Haram! Look about to whom the crime ends profiting and you’ll know the culprit(s). What gain… Read more »

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2019-01-03 14:50
Reply to  Daeshbags-Sux

And I don’t agree about the ‘only sand and death’ :
Syria isn’t really interesting for looting, but is strategically placed!
If Syria goes neutral or allies with Israel, the whole mid-east can be stabilised!
Unfortunately, she isn’t so…