U.S. Army Announces Troops Will Stay In Syria After ISIS Defeat

The U.S. Army made it clear that U.S. forces will remain in Syria after freeing Raqqa from Daesh’s control in order to stabilize the region, but Syrian President Assad’s recent remarks that the U.S. troops are “invaders” could lead to even more complications for the embattled nation.
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    MINNEAPOLIS – As the Syrian conflict has dragged on for the better part of six years, foreign troops have continually played a major role in the fighting and in the conflict’s escalation, causing some to comment that Syria’s so-called civil war is really a proxy war between competing geopolitical interests.

    The presence of foreign troops has consistently been a point of controversy for the embattled regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, as only one foreign nation – Russia – was ever invited to bring troops into the country. In contrast, the forces of other nations – nearly all of which have long been seeking Assad’s removal – have waffled between claiming that their troops are in Syria to fight Daesh or to depose Assad, placing the Syrian president in an undeniably complicated situation.

    But despite how the involvement of competing foreign interests has drawn out the conflict, the Syrian government is quickly approaching what could very well be the final major battle for the fate of the nation. After reclaiming Aleppo from moderate rebel forces and the Islamic State, all eyes turned to Raqqa – the last remaining stronghold for the Islamic State and other extremist rebel groups.

    Now, a few months later, Syrian forces are quickly closing in on Raqqa and, according to Assad, the Syrian war is set to end in “a few months.” Unless, of course, a foreign military intervenes.

    While no official foreign invasion has been announced, there have been recent increases in the amount of foreign troops being deployed in Syria, particularly from the U.S. Beginning with an estimated 50 or so special operations troops sent in 2015, the number of U.S. troops in Syria is set to top 3,000, thanks to a recent deployment of nearly 2,500 soldiers in Kuwait who will soon be deployed to Iraq and Syria at the discretion of U.S. military command. Those deployed in Syria, according to Army Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, will be sent to Raqqa.

    Armed men in uniform identified by Syrian Democratic forces as US special operations forces ride in the back of a pickup truck in the village of Fatisah in the northern Syrian province of Raqa, May 25, 2016.

    Armed men in uniform identified by Syrian Democratic forces as US special operations forces ride in the back of a pickup truck in the village of Fatisah in the northern Syrian province of Raqqa, May 25, 2016.

    Though Assad has refrained from attacking foreign forces hostile to his regime that are operating within Syria’s borders, this recent escalation has prompted him to step up his rhetoric. In a recent interview with Phoenix TV, Assad stated that “any foreign troops coming to Syria without our invitation or consultation or permission, they are invaders, whether they are American, Turkish or any other one.”

    Though Assad didn’t specifically single out U.S. troops, he did state the following:

    “What are they [foreign troops] going to do? To fight ISIS [Islamic State, formerly ISIL]? The Americans lost nearly every war. They lost in Iraq, they had to withdraw at the end. Even in Somalia, let alone Vietnam in the past and Afghanistan.”

    Assad then added that the U.S. “didn’t succeed anywhere they sent troops, they only create a mess; they are very good in creating problems and destroying, but they are very bad in finding solutions.”

    “The complexity of this war is the foreign intervention. This is the problem,” he continued.

    However, foreign intervention is increasingly seeming more likely than not. According to the head of U.S. Central Command Army General Joseph Votel, once Raqqa is liberated from Islamic State elements, U.S. forces will be “required” to stabilize the region as U.S. officials anticipate that “America’s allies,” i.e. anti-Assad rebels, will need assistance from the U.S. military to establish “Syrian-led peacekeeping efforts” in the area.

    This is a frank admission that U.S. troops will not be going anywhere even after the Islamic State is removed, despite the fact that the presence of the Islamic State is the only justification the U.S. military has offered for its technically illegal presence within Syria.

    If this comes to pass, the U.S. will once again be an occupying force in yet another Middle Eastern nation. It seems likely that the U.S. will return to its former mantra “Assad must go” and refocus its efforts on removing Assad from power once and for all.

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    • tapatio

      Interesting that US Army Major James Wherry hasn’t touched this discussion. The little bugger (actually, he’s undoubtedly the “bottom”) is so hot to see American, Zionist and Wahhabi criminals murder civilized humans.

    • imbroglio

      Here is the proof: ISIS and White Helmets are both terrorist organizations created by US/UK/Israel.
      The video below shows the White Helmets’ headquarters is right opposite that of Jabat Al-Nusra (Al Qaeda) in East Aleppo. Stocks of medicines provided by the international community, including UNICEF which were used to treat terrorists only . — https://21wire.tv/2017/03/13/video-white-helmets-living-next-door-al-qaeda-aleppo/

    • collette.robert@yahoo.com

      Do we have enough troops to occupy the world? Did we declare war on Syria? I thought Trump was going to get out of NATO and bring the troops home. I guess democracy must be enforced by the military.

    • tapatio
    • tapatio

      I trust that President Assad will, as is the obligation of every national leader, clear ALL foreign invaders from Syria. He can and MUST do so with the help of Russia, Iran and China.

    • mehmood mayet

      Excellent. Trump must dispatch all of US ground troops there and encourage the Europeans to help out in this noble cause. Cost and casualties are worth the price , even if it bankrupts America

    • evader2014

      Kill the goddamned empire!

    • I think I can safely tell you that US FORCES WILL NOT remain in Syria after ISIS is defeated.

      Dennis Morrisseau
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    • John C Carleton

      War criminals. Dirty Zionist invading murderers.

      • tapatio

        These are American thugs – low-paid mercenaries in the employ of the Dirty Zionist murderers. But, the UCMJ and international law say that, the moment they cross the Syrian border, they become war criminals.

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    • griffinalabama

      To see clearly that the US is lying through its teeth and is on the side of the Islamic jihadists, check out the following post. “Massive White Helmets Photo Cache Proves Hollywood Gave Oscar to Terrorist Group” https://clarityofsignal.com/2017/02/27/massive-white-helmets-photo-cache-proves-hollywood-gave-oscar-to-terrorist-group/ Massive White Helmets Photo Cache Proves Hollywood Gave Oscar to Terrorist Group. If any US service personnel willingly die for the global elites continued enrichment then they are surely fools at this point. Refuse to serve this BS. Rise up against these wars and these lying warmongers that seek to divide and conquer all of us.

      • tapatio

        There is intelligent life in Dixie.

      • tapatio

        PS – Thanks for the Clarity of Signal site. I hadn’t seen it.

    • Marv Sannes

      Making enemies all over the world. Support at home is crumbling. Is history no lesson for these idiots?

      • TeeJae

        They’re not idiots because they know exactly what they’re doing. And there are no lessons to be learned because everything they do is intentional. Oh, and that history? Much of it has been falsified to keep us in the dark.

        However, you’re sort of correct about making enemies. But that is intentional, too. It allows us to continually justify our global imperialism through “necessary” interventions.

        • tapatio

          One of these days, we are going to have to get out of our recliners and take action against these sociopaths or end as Winston Smith ended.

          • TeeJae

            Fortunately for us, there’s a lot we can do from the comfort of our recliners: email and call our representatives, sign petitions, write letters to the editor of our local newspapers, and engage in substantive debate in comment threads to counter the MSM propaganda. It may not involve taking to the streets with torches and pitchforks, but in today’s war on truth, armchair activism may be more effective.

            • tapatio

              Absolutely correct, though, I have pretty much quit believing in the “representative” business. IF we can replace them within the system, dandy. If not they can be made more frightened of the people than greedy for the bribes/afraid of the banksters. Failing that, help to build the rage to the point where those “representatives” will need luck to leave office under their own steam.

              When government fears the people, there is liberty.
              When the people fear the government, there is tyranny

              • collette.robert@yahoo.com

                There is a revolution of consciousness going on driven by the internet. People are having their assumptions questioned and are learning facts that have been hidden by a repressive all pervasive media control. Change occurs as minds change. This is a peaceful revolution of education, awareness, and common sense. The charade is weak and the bubble of people’s false perceptions are easily punctured. The truth has a ring to it and although it is often surprising to see the truth in print we are seeing it more and more as people break through the trauma based mind conditioning and question the all seeing Oz. Human nature is basically good. We are all social, friendly, helpful people not interested in hurting anyone and wanting to raise our families in a peaceful society. The fact that a small elite cannot make as much money off us in times of peace as they can in times of war is no excuse for the majority to be ruled by a tiny, rabid minority.

                • tapatio

                  Very true and that tiny minority must be removed or eradicated.

    • The US military seeks reasons for forever activity, seemingly as a mechanism to support ever size and larger budgets, much of which goes to highly profitable defense contractors with a resolving door into and out of the US govt. This LA Times article, from last year, reported that the Pentagon and CIA were even supporting two different sides that were engaged fighting each other in Syria (double the money!!): http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-cia-pentagon-isis-20160327-story.html

      • bootin buddin

        yes we are guilty of that. we make outstanding weapons and they are for sale. selling to both sides help the bottom line. eventually we will make money rebuilding their infrastructure if the right side wins. keeping the dollar as the worlds reserve currency is all that matters.

        • I don’t think it would matter too much to US empire building if there was only 1 world currency. The Pentagon/CIA and othe Spook leaders are like private kings that in shadow world, shaping reality to their liking, enjoying power.

        • tapatio

          This sort of discussion seems a bit beyond your ken. Why not go back to roller derby and be happy?

      • Actually it may not be “the US military” which is at fault. There is, I respectfully suggest , a difference between the “grunts” who must fight the war on the ground and the professional, careerist officer corps which directly profits from war. Most of those fighting on the ground in places like Afghanistan and Iraq are smart enough to realize these are civil wars which in the case of Afghanistan have been going on long before the U.S. arrived. Best solution: get out and let the competing sides decide the contest for themselves. Deep State will not let this happen however

        • tapatio

          It isn’t even the generals, who are at fault, except through their collusion. It’s the bankers and their puppet politicians who must be eliminated from OUR human society.

        • I sometimes write “Pentagon leaders” or “DOD leaders” but that is also vague. People only


          what they have heard, read, or been told, and most people hear a steady diet of propaganda. I’m a big critic of the CIA, but I understand that a) most of the people officially in the CA are okay or even excellent people, b) most of them hear even more lies and propaganda than Joe Q. Public as part of their job, c) a lot of the really dirty stuff the CIA does involves secret agreements with outsiders. Torture at secret black sites was far from their most secret thing, but even that involved a majority of “defense contractors” doing the actual torture work rather than some Langley careerist. John Kiriakou laments about “the decline of the CIA” after 9/11 and being politicized. But if one looks at the history, it becomes apparent that the criminal Spook leaders were always focused on covert/clandestine ops and basically treated the analysis division as an internal GIGO propaganda exercise. Back to the Pentagon, their are units like JSOC that function as professional asassins for the DOD, but even there, most are just doing what they are told. This goes way back in time. Daniel Marvin wrote a tell all book about being a military assassin in the ’60s and how he declined to assignment to kill Navy tech William Pitzer who was seen as a potential rat related to the phony JFK autopsy or other phony autopsies being done at Bethesda Naval:

          • collette.robert@yahoo.com

            The CIA went rogue with the Kennedy assassination and has not yet been reined in.

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    • bootin buddin

      assad smart enough to know once we rid the country of these annoying isis issues we are coming after him. he should seek asylum while he has the chance. russia too busy trying to get their hands on iran’s recent cash influx to be bothered with assad issues. they didn’t want isis taking over the show there but the syrian rebels are acceptable. will be easier to control down the road than a current syrian government. meanwhile we will just stay on the edge and administer the situation like we always do to benefit our ultimate goal.

      • Newb George

        “once we rid the country of these annoying isis” – we?! we’we done nothing of such, opposite to it. ISIS & “rebels” is our proxies, financed and logistically supported till recent time, to weaken and overthrow Assad. what an ignorant comment you posted.

        • bootin buddin

          so we’re not sending ground troops and support troops to help the rebels retake raqqua. i don’t quite get it, this myth that we created isis and support them is folly. sure, we didn’t exactly stop them from targeting assad and may have sold them a revolver or two but the ultimate goal is to get rid of isis and assad in some order or manner. we know what’s best for the middle east and it may take time but we will prevail.

          • allan Massey

            Whats best for the middle east is to keep all outsiders nose away from the middle east and all will be well

            • bootin buddin

              we don’t like the way they have been running it so it must be corrected. they had a chance. we left them alone for years. but because of some backwards religious nonsense they attack each other which interferes in our interests over there. the leaders over there are incapable of running a country. they are hacks, amateurs, bullies, tyrants. we could have taken over the world post WWII but we didn’t. we should have.

              • allan Massey

                Syria is for Syrians only,not for USA or Israel,its not Syrians fighting Syrians but hired thugs from USA and other countries,you think you know what is best for Syrians no

                • bootin buddin

                  syria had plenty of time and chances to run a halfway decent country. they failed on all levels. so guess who has to go in and clean up the mess.

                  • Angelis Dania

                    Bootin, everything you said is not only false, but also patently stupid. Before the US began its regime change war in Syria, there was peace, security, stability, free health care, free education up to University, and people of all religious backgrounds living side by side without war or violence. You clearly have no idea about how the country was being run, and who the beneficiaries were.

                    Syrian interests in Syria matter. US interests in Syria don’t matter. The US has never brought stability or prosperity to any nation that invades or occupies. It has only exploited those nations for resources and its own interests, to the detriment of those living there who are actually entitled to their country’s resources.

                    In short, your assessment is baseless and inept. My advice is to ignore your own opinion and analysis on almost every matter you encounter. Place a very low confidence in your own views and assessments, and you’ll be less likely to go wrong.

                    • bootin buddin

                      i don’t claim to know anything. led to believe assad is a dictator, thug, killer of his own people. am i wrong. is u.s. wrong. educate me. other countries want him out also. why if he was or is so great for the syrian people. acts like a dictator, must be one. why would we want to go after syria’s resources. we have enough of our own.

                      • allan Massey

                        Its for Israel,the USA is a state of Israel

                      • sorgfelt

                        He was democratically elected by a much larger proportion of Syrians than Trump was of U.S. citizens. You said “educate me”, so listen to Angelis Dania. The neocons in the CIA and U.S. State Department have continued to lie through the “journalists” that they own and demonize any leader that they want out, and the real reason behind most of it is money and secondarily oil. In Assad’s case, there were two competing interests wanting to lay a pipeline across Syria. On one side were the Russians, and the other was U.S. supported Arabs. Since Assad preferred their ally the Russians, the U.S. decided he had to go, and proceeded to provoke Assad and “accidentally” provide arms and supplies to so-called rebels to overthrow him. Assad’s security forces had a heavy hand, but it was true that his enemy were foreign terrorists. Anytime the U.S. tries to demonize any foreign leader, it’s best to look for the ultimate reason for it. The U.S. has never gone to war for altruistic motives. They just make it look that way to its citizens to generate support. Even WWII was entered not to make the world safe from fascism, but to make sure that the loans made by the bankers to England and France would be repaid. It was up to Roosevelt to intimidate the Japanese into attacking Pearl Harbor, full of ships he had placed there to be sitting ducks, in order to generate support for Americans for entering the war and make sure that the bankers would be repaid, This is not just my opinion and is not limited to WWII, Read about General Smedley Butler.

                      • collette.robert@yahoo.com

                        Good comment. We need more people to study the real history, much of which has not been provided to us. War is the biggest racket, and politicians are the biggest criminals.

                  • LynetteAB

                    And the USA is such an outstanding success? Clean up your own mess first starting with your corrupt electoral system and dumb Judges who deem Corporations to have the same rights as persons. For a country with so many great universities you sure have a pretty dumb politicial elite. A working class of ordinary folk foolish enough to believe millionaires and billionaires will protect their interests, middle class and working families who send their children to kill people in foreign lands while the rich feed at the public trough and grow fat on the profits of war. The mess in Syria is similar to the mess in the USA the masses being shafted by the elites, the difference is that in the USA there is no one waging wars of aggression on the people and you can attend weddings, funerals, tend your livestock and drive your cars without fear of a drone attack. So the Syrians really do not need you as you are more likely to f**k up things than to clean them up

                    • bootin buddin

                      i would say the USA is an outstanding success. considering how long we’ve been around compared to those islamic countries that have been around forever and have spent 95% of their time and resources forcing people to abide to some religion. what the sunni’s and the shi’ites have been at it for 2000 years or so. ridiculous. time to end it as it is interfering in our interest which is making money of course and they could make money also if they just stopped killing each other over nothing.

              • tapatio

                “The way they’ve been running it” is NONE OF OUR F’ing BUSINESS.

                • bootin buddin

                  we’re making it our business. whoever was running that craphole (assad) did a piss poor job of it, so we have to go in an clean it up. first up on the dinner plate (raqqa/isis) then for dessert a single serving of basher assad. that coward can cowtail to the russians all he wants but it won’t help him long term. he is toast.

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            • tapatio

              I think it’s too late for that. Someone from outside MUST help Syria, Libya, Iraq, Palestine and others to remove the predatory capitalist disease, neutralize Israel and take the Arabian Peninsula away from the Rothschild’s Wahhabi puppets.

              It sure ain’t a gonna be Amurka and NATO, so it has to be BRICs.

    • tapatio


      The Rothschilds created Zionism, the Saudi “royals” and the Bolshevik “Revolution” as vehicles to expand its power. Bolshevism (Communism) failed. Zionism (Judeo-Fascism) has, so far, partially succeeded.

      First is a plan, written for Netanyahu’s reign as Emperor of Greater Israel. The writer is the pseudo-American Zionist fanatic, Richard Perle, written in 1996………


      “………by establishing the precedent that Syrian territory is not immune to attacks emanating from Lebanon by Israeli proxy forces.”

      Next is a report A Report of The Project for the New American Century completed in September 2000………..



      Compare actual events from 2001 to date to the plans outlined in this “report”. Please note, at the end of the report, the list of fanatical Zionists and their sycophants who are responsible for……

      “REBUILDING AMERICA’S DEFENSES Strategy, Forces and Resources For a New Century”

      “Israel can shape its strategic environment, in cooperation with Turkey and Jordan, by weakening, containing, and even rolling back Syria. This effort can focus on removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq — an important Israeli strategic objective in its own right”

      Paul Wolfowitz
      William Kristol
      Alvin Bernstein
      Eliot Cohen
      David Epstein
      Donald Kagan
      Fred Kagan
      Robert Kagan
      Robert Killebrew
      Steve Rosen
      Gary Schmitt
      Abram Shulsky
      Dov Zakheim

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      • collette.robert@yahoo.com

        Great post

        • tapatio

          Thank you.

    • tapatio

      Hopefully, Presidents Assad and Putin will have something violent to say about the US plans to commit war crimes (any fool who doesn’t believe me is welcome to read the United Nations Charter and the Geneva Conventions).

      If the Zio-Naz!s in Washington want a fight, it might as well be over Syria. Let’s slaughter five or so BILLION humans in a nuclear winter and maybe we can do a better job in our second try at evolution.


    • James Wherry

      LOL. Let’s see the “defeat ISIL” thing, first, shall we?

      • Newb George

        sure we can do it. We just stop financing them. Then we will stole the Syrian victory (with help of russians) as our own. Same old same old.

        • collette.robert@yahoo.com

          It is getting expensive paying for the terrorists and the war against them.