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Trump Reportedly Instructed Military Leaders to Prep Withdrawal of US Troops from Syria

President Trump recently talked about the U.S. “coming out of Syria like very soon,” which apparently took some officials by surprise.

An anonymous US defense official told CNN last week that it was “unclear what the President meant by the comments.”

Per The Washington Post today, it’s a little clearer now that Trump has told military leaders to prep for withdrawal:

In a meeting with top national security officials Tuesday, Trump stressed that U.S. troops can be involved in current training tasks for local forces to ensure security in areas liberated from the Islamic State, the official said.

But the president said that the U.S. mission would not extend beyond the destruction of the Islamic State, and that he expects other countries, particularly wealthy Arab states in the region, to pick up the task of paying for reconstruction of stabilized areas, including sending their own troops, if necessary.

After the Post report dropped this morning, the White House put out this statement from Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders:

The military mission to eradicate ISIS in Syria is coming to a rapid end, with ISIS being almost completely destroyed. The United States and our partners remain committed to eliminating the small ISIS presence in Syria that our forces have not already eradicated. We will continue to consult with our allies and friends regarding future plans. We expect countries in the region and beyond, plus the United Nations, to work toward peace and ensure that ISIS never re-emerges.

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