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jerusalemUnited States President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that all American forces will soon be withdrawn from Syria. In a video released on Twitter, Mr. Trump declared victory over the Islamic State and, as a result, has determined to withdraw the 2,000 troops currently inside Syrian territory.
We have defeated isis in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump presidency, Mr. Trump tweeted, which was quickly followed by the video.
According to U.S. officials, planning has already begun to pull out the troops as soon as possible, although a timetable has not been given.
While certain supporters of President Trump will be glad to bring American troops home, the seemingly snap decision by the president has provoked widespread criticism among conservative Middle East commentators who worry that a U.S. withdrawal will result in greater dominance of Syria by Iran and Russia.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said he was blindsided by the report and called the decision a disaster in the making. Sen. Marco Rubio, one of the most knowledgeable lawmakers on Iran, called it a major blunder and a colossal mistake. Rubio asserted that if the decision isnt reversed, it will haunt this administration and America for years to come.
Longtime Middle East commentator Jonathan Schanzer wrote on Twitter, With his decision o....