On Tuesday, the United States Defence Secretary Mark Esper has said that the US troops withdrawing from Syria will stay “temporarily” in Iraq before returns back to its nation.
During an interview with sources, Mr. Esper has stated that the US troops were pulled out in phases, and now had moved from the “immediate zone of attack” to the northeastern part of the nation.
Mr. Esper continued, “Then we’ll have another phase that will draw all the forces out. We will temporarily position in Iraq before bringing the troops home. They will be coming home.”
On October 21, dozens of American armored vehicles have arrived at a base in Iraqi Kurdistan.
When enquired about President Donald Trump’s remarks that a small number of troops were being posted to secure oilfields in Syria, the United States Defence Secretary replied that was still under discussion.
He further states, “But that needs to be worked out in time. The president hasn’t approved that yet.”
“With regard to deployment, my aim is to keep my options open – really, the President’s options open – so if events change on the ground in Syria or other parts that we have the flexibility to respond to the President’s position,” added Mr. Esper.
Mark Esper echoed President Trump in protecting the disuse of the Kurdish fighters, who gave birth to the brunt of the US-led campaign against the ISS outfit in Northern Syria.
They were pushed to run away from cities they used to control in Northern Syria in the face of a Turkish attack against them.
Mr. Esper continued that Washington has opposed the Turkish attack against Northern Syria, but “we are not going to war against a NATO ally and certainly not… with regard to a border that we didn’t sign up to defend in the first place.”
America has currently posted 5200 troops in Iraq, which is a part of the US-led international coalition against the ISS.
Their existence at several bases in Iraq has been the matter of debate there, with pro-Iranian Shiite militias and politicians making demands often for their withdrawal.