The U.S. military is readying plans to keep 1,000 American forces in Syria – a development that comes 3 months after President Trump announced he wanted a full withdrawal, according to the WSJ
According to the report, this is about protecting the Kurds who are currently fighting the Islamic State
The U.S. military is reportedly making plans to keep almost 1,000 troops in Syria, several months after President Trump said he was removing all U.S. forces from the country.
Citing U.S. officials, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that the Trump administration plans to continue supporting Kurdish fighters in Syria.
The officials reportedly added that the plan could keep as many as 1,000 forces across the country, but said the specific number of troops that will remain is still being determined.
The U.S. will start withdrawing hundreds of troops after it defeats the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to the Journal. Trump has repeatedly claimed since December that ISIS has been fully defeated in the region.
More from the NYPOST:
"The Trump administration’s talks with Turkey, European allies and US-backed Kurdish fighters haven’t resulted in an agreement to create a safe zone in the country’s northeast where the Kurds are fighting Islamic State terrorists, the Wall Street Journal reported.
After Trump’s December announcement, Turkey threatened to cross the border into Syria and attack the Kurds, a group Ankara accuses of being a terrorist group.
The US will now continue to work with the Kurds, meaning that as many as 1,000 American troops will remain in Syria."