The US troops have been asked to leave Syria, a joint statement released by Russia and Syria demanded. This comes as the war in Syria is coming to an end.
“We also call on the United States, whose military units are on Syrian territory illegally, to leave the country,” the joint statement read.
Syria and Russia have called on all US troops to leave. The request has nothing to do with Trump’s announcement in December, as that announcement was not well thought out and came without a plan. Any withdrawal had to be done carefully, slowly and safely.
In a statement recently released by Russia’s Defense Ministry, the time is now right for American troops to withdraw. There are thought to be around 2000 American soldiers still in Syria, although according to Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, some have already been brought home.
The Americans will now begin the next phase of their campaign – bringing home their troops.
The Russians and Syrians are moving on to their next phase, which is to evacuate refugees and detainees from a refugee camp in the south-east of Syria. The Syrian army has buses ready and prepared to bring refugees out of the camp safely.
Syria has guaranteed safe passage for the refugees. Russia has spent much of last week setting up humanitarian corridors of safety, through the region, but there is still more work to be done. Both countries have called on US troops to leave.
Although Trump had said that he wanted his troops home, he reversed his statement soon after and said America would leave around 400 army personnel in Syria, to ensure that IS did not immediately resurface and to guarantee safety, as much as possible, for Syrian civilians.
An immediate withdrawal of all US troops could lead to disaster. IS could resurface and there is the possibility of a Turkish attack on the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.
It has been close to eight years since the Syrian Day of Rage and it has been close to seven years since the Red Cross declared Syria to be in the midst of a civil war. Since then, it has been hard to get a grip on the number of casualties and deaths, but people who have died are believed to be over half a million.
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