President Trump has declared that he will withdraw all forces from Syria now that ISIS has been destroyed. Breitbart reports:
President Donald Trump signaled Wednesday he would withdraw troops from Syria, declaring the defeat of the Islamic State terrorists in that country.
“We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency,” he wrote on Twitter.
The president commented on Syria after the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times reported that Trump was again considering a full withdrawal of American troops from the country.
The Pentagon did not immediately address the plans for withdrawal in a statement.
This comes as a surprise, as recent American presidents rarely remove all troops from a theater of war. Removing forces once victory is achieved is popular with Americans, and will hopefully bring about a less interventionist foreign policy. What will happen to the Kurds in Syria remains to be seen, but they had not expressed any hopes for independence in Syria, acting more as co-belligerents against ISIS with Assad’s forces than as enemies.