US Wants to Replace Its Troops in Syria With Gulf States' Militaries

Lester Mason
April 18, 2018

The force, which Trump's new National Security Adviser John Bolton hopes will include Egypt, would be in charge of stabilising the northeastern part of Syria, according to the report.

Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir reaffirmed on Tuesday the kingdom's willingness to deploy troops to Syria as part of US-led efforts to stabilise the conflict-torn country.

The WSJ report comes days after Trump ordered more than 100 missile strikes on three chemical weapons facilities in Homs, Syria. Trump had vowed in early April that the US military mission in Syria was coming to a "rapid end" - a statement which appears to be at odds with Trump's recent military escalation in the country.

In early April a press release from the White House said, "We expect our allies in the region and beyond to work toward peace and ensure that ISIS never re-emerges".

Earlier, the White House had reiterated President Donald Trump's promise to pull United States troops from Syria as soon as possible to "let the other people take care of it". The State Department was to have spent the money on building up the country's infrastructure, including power, water and roads.

The Trump administration has reportedly urged Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to devote billions of dollars for reconstruction efforts and contribute troops to a regional force focused on preventing an Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) resurgence and Iran from expanding its influence.

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While Saudi's air force partook in the aerial campaign aimed at defeating ISIL from the very beginning in 2014, the Gulf kingdom stopped short of a full ground troop deployment. The unnamed officials told the Wall Street Journal that Washington wanted Arab nations to send their servicemen to the area.

WSJ acknowledges that the Trump administration's plan "faces challenges". Saudi Arabia is also a member of the USA -led coalition battling the Islamic State group.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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