Archiv: withdrawal


16.02.2019 - 13:05 [ Radio Free Europa / Radio Liberty ]

Germany’s Merkel Warns U.S. Against Withdrawing From Syria, Afghanistan

Speaking at the Munich Security Conference on February 16, Merkel questioned whether the planned U.S. withdrawal was „a good idea.“

„Will it once more strengthen the capacity of Iran and Russia to exert their influence?“ she asked.

She also cautioned against a premature U.S. withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan, saying that NATO’s Resolute Support mission in that country was dependent on the U.S. military’s commitment.

12.02.2019 - 04:31 [ Al Jazeera ]

Acting Pentagon chief: no orders to withdraw from Afghanistan

Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan says there is no order to withdraw US forces from Afghanistan and the Afghan government should participate in peace talks with the Taliban, in remarks on a surprise trip to Afghanistan on Monday.

Shanahan met the US commander and troops and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in the unannounced one-day visit, his first in his new role.

Reports that Donald Trump, president of the United States wants to withdraw about half of the estimated 14,000 US forces in Afghanistan, has raised concerns among Afghan and regional officials about the effect it might have on security in the country.

01.02.2019 - 13:49 [ New York Times ]

Senate Rebukes Trump Over Troop Withdrawals From Syria and Afghanistan

The 68-to-23 vote to cut off debate ensures that the amendment, written by Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and backed by virtually every Senate Republican, will be added to a broader bipartisan Middle East policy bill expected to easily pass the Senate next week.

The vote was the second time in two months that a Republican-led Senate had rebuked Mr. Trump on foreign policy.

01.02.2019 - 13:32 [ CNN ]

In rebuke to Trump, Mitch McConnell unveils proposal urging troops stay in Syria, Afghanistan

(29.1.2019) Trump ordered a rapid withdrawal of troops from Syria on December 19, a move that was widely criticized by lawmakers from both parties.
Since that initial announcement, Trump earlier this month extended his original 30-day timeline to withdraw the troops to four months and told reporters, „I never said we’re doing it quickly, but we’re decimating ISIS.“

24.01.2019 - 22:53 [ Antiwar.com ]

Permanent War: Congress Forbids NATO Withdrawal

The Democrat-controlled House followed the Senate yesterday in passing legislation forbidding the president from withdrawing from NATO and affirming undying US support for the outdated Cold War alliance. Is NATO really about defense? Or is it a jobs program for the military industrial complex? On today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report:

07.01.2019 - 21:09 [ nationalinterest.org ]

Elizabeth Warren Moves Left—On Foreign Policy

Sanders and his allies view foreign affairs as a leading area for improvement on his 2016 run for president as foreign policy. The thinking is that had he assailed Hillary Clinton on a problematic record on Syria, Libya, Iraq as well as the Obama administration war in Yemen, he might well have captured the Democratic nomination.

03.01.2019 - 01:55 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Donald Trump says Syria is ’sand and death‘, as he defends US withdrawal from country ‚lost long ago‘

The US president said: „Syria was lost long ago. It was lost long ago. We’re not talking about vast wealth. We’re talking about sand and death. I’m getting out, we’re getting out of Syria. Look, we don’t want Syria.“

He added: „The Kurds, our partners are selling oil to Iran. I’m not thrilled about that, I’m not happy about it at all.“

However, Mr Trump said he did want to „protect“ US-backed Kurdish fighters in the country as Washington draws down its 2,000 troops, which would happen „over a period of time“.

02.01.2019 - 15:23 [ Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America / Twitter ]

“General” McChrystal got fired like a dog by Obama. Last assignment a total bust. Known for big, dumb mouth. Hillary lover!

02.01.2019 - 13:20 [ Jake Tapper, CNN Anchor / Twitter ]

Retired four-star Admiral William McRaven, the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command from 2011 to 2014 (which included the OBL mission), just issued the following statement to CNN in response to POTUS attacking GEN McChrystal on twitter:

02.01.2019 - 13:08 [ CNN ]

Ret. admiral defends McChrystal on Trump claim

Ret. Admiral William McRaven came to the defense of Ret. General Stanley McChrystal after President Trump took shots at the general on Twitter following the comments McChrystal made on Trump during an ABC interview.

02.01.2019 - 11:23 [ CNN ]

Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal hits Trump as immoral, dishonest

(30.12.2018) Retired four-star Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal on Sunday criticized President Donald Trump for his approach to the presidency in a wide-ranging interview that saw the former top commander of the US and international forces in Afghanistan label Trump as dishonest and immoral.
„I don’t think he tells the truth,“ McChrystal told ABC’s Martha Raddatz on „This Week.“ When asked if he thought Trump was immoral, McChrystal responded: „I think he is.“

28.12.2018 - 13:26 [ Hurriyet ]

Syria military takes control of key town as Erdoğan warns of ‚psychological action‘

Syria’s military announced Dec. 28 it has taken control of the flash-point northern town of Manbij, where Turkey has threatened an offensive.

The announcement was quickly welcomed by the Kremlin, whose spokesman Dmitry Peskov called it a „positive step“ that could help stabilize the situation.

Turkey, on the other hand, questioned Syria’s motive with the announcement.

28.12.2018 - 13:21 [ People’s Defense Units (YPG) ]

Our forces focus on the fight against ISIS

In conjunction with this, we invite the Syrian government forces which are obliged to protect the same country, nation and borders, to assert control over the areas our forces have withdrawn from, in particularly Manbij, and to protect these areas against a Turkish invasion.

26.12.2018 - 11:57 [ Haaretz.com ]

Israel’s Extensive Syria Strike Signals: Business as Usual Despite Trump and Putin

The strike in the Damascus area was likely aimed at a specific target such as Iranian weapons depots, but it has a wider geopolitical context

24.12.2018 - 11:58 [ BBC ]

Syria conflict: Macron criticises Trump’s withdrawal decision

The US said the Islamic State (IS) group had been defeated, a claim disputed by allies and US politicians.

France, a key part of the US-led coalition against IS in Syria and Iraq, said its troops would remain in Syria.

24.12.2018 - 11:06 [ breakingisraelnews.com ]

‘No Reason to Panic’ Over US Decision to Withdraw Troops From Syria Says Former Israeli General

“Trump’s declaration on US forces withdrawal from Syria is a significant step, but there’s no reason to panic,” posted Yadlin in a Twitter thread. “2000 US troops came to Syria to fight against ISIS and had no authorities to act against Iran.”

The “authorities” Yadlin appears to be referencing is the Authorization for Use of Military Force, passed by Congress that allows the United States to fight those responsible for the 9/11 attacks. It does not include Iran.

24.12.2018 - 10:43 [ Kansas.com ]

Israel confounded, confused by Syria withdrawal, Mattis resignation

Combined with the departures of Chief of Staff John Kelly and Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, Israeli officials are scrambling to determine who is left in the White House who can convince President Donald Trump to think of Israel before taking such drastic security moves, as Mattis successfully did in the past, U.S. and Israeli officials said.

“There is no question that Israeli officials are concerned about the U.S. pulling out,” said Dan Shapiro, U.S. ambassador to Israel in the Obama administration. “It was done without any meaningful consultation with them.”

23.12.2018 - 20:44 [ theSun.co.uk ]

ISIS FIGHT GOES ON: Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson insists fight against ISIS ‘will go on’ in Afghanistan and Syria despite Donald Trump withdrawing US troops

DEFENCE Secretary Gavin Williamson has insisted the fight to secure Syria and Afghanistan would endure – despite Trump’s shock withdrawal of troops from both war zones.

23.12.2018 - 14:07 [ Jason Ditz / Antiwar.com ]

US Envoy to ISIS War Resigns, Criticizes Syria Pullout

McGurk was intended to coordinate with the 79 countries involved in the US-led coalition against ISIS. It is not clear who his replacement will be, but with the administration arguing ISIS is defeated, there may be a low priority for this position.

23.12.2018 - 12:29 [ Donald J. Trump, Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten / Twitter ]

If anybody but your favorite President, Donald J. Trump, announced that, after decimating ISIS in Syria, we were going to bring our troops back home (happy & healthy), that person would be the most popular hero in America. With me, hit hard instead by the Fake News Media. Crazy!

23.12.2018 - 12:29 [ Josh Rogin / Washington Post ]

Trump is leaving 50,000 Syrian civilians to die

President Trump’s surprise decision to rapidly withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria is meeting with intense criticism by foreign policy experts, who denounce it as strategically stupid, reckless for national security and a blow to America’s global credibility. But inside Syria, the consequences are even more serious. For one example, 50,000 Syrian civilian refugees living under the direct protection of the U.S. military are suddenly fearing for their lives.

22.12.2018 - 21:43 [ Rudaw ]

US envoy to anti-ISIS coalition quits over Trump’s Syria move

Taking over for now for McGurk will be his deputy, retired Lt. Gen. Terry Wolff, who served three tours of active duty in Iraq.

Jim Jeffrey, a veteran diplomat who was appointed special representative for Syria engagement in August, is expected to stay in his position, officials said.

22.12.2018 - 21:19 [ Reuters ]

Iraqi PM discusses U.S. withdrawal from Syria with Pompeo

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assured Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi that the U.S. is still committed to fighting Islamic State in Iraq and other areas despite its planned troop withdrawal from Syria, Abdul Mahdi’s office said on Saturday.

22.12.2018 - 18:09 [ CommonDreams.org ]

Jeremy Scahill’s Top 10 Takeaways on Mattis Exit and Possible US Withdrawal From Syria and Afghanistan

„This is an opportunity for progressive forces to assert an alternative vision for U.S. foreign policy.“

22.12.2018 - 18:01 [ The Young Turks / Youtube ]

War In Afghanistan Ending?

Is the war in Afghanistan about to be over? Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

22.12.2018 - 15:15 [ Tulsi Gabbard, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhauses / Twitter ]

The hysterical reaction to the decision to withdraw troops from Syria is astonishing & shows just how attached to war some are. Lindsey Graham & others want us to continue our regime change war in Syria and to go to war with Iran. That’s why they’re so upset.

22.12.2018 - 15:08 [ Brasco_Aad ‏/ Twitter ]

Wow “All US State Department personnel are being evacuated from Syria within 24 hours.“ | US official. The CIA is also leaving Syria.

(19.12.2018)

21.12.2018 - 15:49 [ Antiwar.com ]

Jimmy Dore Slams Liberal Hawks on Syria

Jimmy Dore is fantastic! Listen to him skewer liberal hawks on Trump’s decision to withdraw from Syria:

21.12.2018 - 15:46 [ Antiwar.com ]

Trump To End Unconstitutional Syria War – Washington Heads Are Exploding

The warmongering Left has joined forces with the neocons to demand that President Trump reverse course in his recent decision to pull US troops from Syria. Neocons claim that ISIS will increase with the US absence, but it was the very US intervention in the region – that they supported – that led to the rise of extremist and terrorist groups. Meanwhile, some principled progressives are putting politics aside to praise the president’s move.

21.12.2018 - 15:36 [ New York Times ]

U.S. to Withdraw About 7,000 Troops From Afghanistan, Officials Say

President Trump made the decision to pull the troops — about half the number the United States has in Afghanistan now — at the same time he decided to pull American forces out of Syria, one official said.

The announcement came hours after Jim Mattis, the secretary of defense, said that he would resign from his position at the end of February after disagreeing with the president over his approach to policy in the Middle East.

14.07.2018 - 14:36 [ Elijah J. Magnier ]

US message to Assad: “We will pull out of al-Tanf and the North if Iran withdraws from Syria”

Russia played the role of postman for the exchange of the US-Assad messages. President Assad, however, informed the Americans that Iran is not interested in remaining in Syria once all terrorist Takfirees are killed and when its function is no longer required.

The bottom line is that Assad and his allies believe that the US-French-UK withdrawal from Syria would actually be an achievement. Moreover, both Iran and Hezbollah consider their withdrawal both a fact and a necessity, once Assad is no longer in need of their contribution.

05.05.2018 - 07:44 [ Korea Times ]

US, China in talks over THAAD withdrawal

„Withdrawing the THAAD system from South Korea is part of a peace roadmap being discussed between Washington and Beijing after denuclearizing North Korea,“ a source told The Korea Times. „Washington knows well that it is impossible to seek deals with the North without cooperation from China. And China wants the U.S. to get rid of the THAAD system from South Korea.“

09.04.2018 - 09:48 [ axios.com ]

Netanyahu couldn’t convince Trump to rethink Syria policy

The phone call between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump — which took place last Tuesday — has failed. Netanyahu could not convince Trump to rethink his decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria, an Israeli source briefed on the call told me.

09.04.2018 - 03:36 [ New York Times ]

As Trump Seeks Way Out of Syria, New Attack Pulls Him Back In

Days after President Trump said he wanted to pull the United States out of Syria, Syrian forces hit a suburb of Damascus with bombs that rescue workers said unleashed toxic gas.

Within hours, images of dead families sprawled in their homes threatened to change Mr. Trump’s calculus on Syria, possibly drawing him deeper into an intractable Middle Eastern war that he hoped to leave.

05.04.2018 - 13:10 [ Washington Post ]

Trump instructs military to begin planning for withdrawal from Syria

Trump agreed that the military, as fighting continued against remaining militant pockets, could train local security ­forces.

But officials said he stressed that U.S. strategic goals in Syria do not include longer-term stability or reconstruction efforts. He said he did not want to be having the same conversation about withdrawal six months or more from now.