As Trump brags of success in Syria claiming that he is bringing our troops home, the reality on the ground is quite different. U.S. military officials tell NBC’s Richard Engel they are “ashamed” and “sickened.”
And they are also not coming home.
Massive attacks underway against the kurds in northern syria. No ceasefire. Total nonsenses there is. US military officials tell me they are ashamed, “sickened.” It’s cold now outside. What about the families, and kids, out of their homes? @OARichardEngel #AmericanBetrayal
— Richard Engel (@RichardEngel) November 17, 2019
Trump touts his withdrawal as a success to bring our troops home, but they are not coming home. In typical Trump administration fashion, this claim has several problems wrapped in layers of confusion and who knows.
A. Many of the troops are not going home, but are leaving Syria to go to western Iraq.
B. As MSNBC’s Steve Bennen pointed out (link above), Trump’s “entire withdrawal plan appears to be in doubt.” Also, some troops are being held back to… guard the oil.
On November 17th, at least nine people were killed as Russian airstrikes hit Syria’s Idlib province according to a war monitor for the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.