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originally posted by: smurfy
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Jordan and Israel both have reasons to have US troops in Syria, and they have stated so.
"On Sunday, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led a group of American lawmakers on a visit to Jordan to discuss “the deepening crisis” in Syria. Jordan’s state news agency said that King Abdullah II, in a meeting with the Americans, stressed the importance of safeguarding Syria’s territorial integrity and guarantees for the “safe and voluntary” return of refugees"
"Speaking at a cabinet meeting, Trump said the “small number” of US troops staying behind were in an entirely different part of Syria, near its border with Jordan and Israel"
He said another group still in Syria “secured the oil,” a reference to oil fields that the US hopes to keep from falling into the hands of jihadist fighters.
“I always said if you’re going in, keep the oil,” Trump said, suggesting that the US would “maybe get one of our big oil companies in to do it properly.”
"Trump said that otherwise US troops are “moving out nicely.”
"US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said earlier in Kabul, however, that the US withdrawal would take “weeks not days.”
“We have troops in towns in northeast Syria that are located next to the oil fields. The troops in those towns are not in the present phase of withdrawal,” Esper said.
Israelis have been watching Trump’s decisions on Syria closely, concerned that their country too could be abandoned by its most important ally."