Not only is President Trump pulling all ground troops out of Syria, the United States is apparently set to also end it’s air campaign against ISIS strongholds in the country.
This is yet another bad, bad move by the Trump administration, as it seems he’s dooming himself to repeat the mistakes of his predecessor.
Citing multiple, unnamed U.S. officials, Reuters reported that the U.S. air campaign against ISIS will end along with U.S. troop withdrawal. The U.S. air campaign against Islamic State positions in Syria is based out of neighboring countries and aircraft carriers in the Mediterranean Sea, not Syria itself.
Earlier Thursday, France announced that it would be keeping its own forces in Syria. After the U.S., France is the largest member of the coalition.
“Islamic State has not been wiped from the map nor have its roots. The last pockets of this terrorist organisation must be defeated militarily once and for all,” French Defense Minister Florence Parly said on Twitter.
There’s a lot that makes this such a bad move, including the fact that we’ll be leaving Syrian Kurdish forces caught between the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Turkish forces.
Our lack of a presence in Syria also leaves a door open for Iran to come through and launch an attack against Israel, our best — and probably only — true ally in the Middle East region.
It’s a slap in the face to our friends, who the previous administration already backhanded on a regular basis.
This is a mistake that will no doubt come back to bite Trump on the backside sometime down the road.