United States President Donald Trump (File Photo)
United States President Donald Trump (File Photo)

“Time to come home”: Trump defends troops withdrawal from Middle East

ANI | Updated: Feb 01, 2019 22:02 IST

Washington D.C. [USA], Feb 1(ANI): United States President Donald Trump early on Friday (local time) defended his decision to withdraw US troops from Syria and Afghanistan stating “it is now time to start coming home after spending money for many years wisely” in the region.
The US President took to Twitter saying, “I inherited a total mess in Syria and Afghanistan, the “Endless Wars” of unlimited spending and death. During my campaign I said, very strongly, that these wars must finally end. We spend $50 Billion a year in Afghanistan and have hit them so hard that we are now talking peace...”
“....after 18 long years. Syria was loaded with ISIS until I came along. We will soon have destroyed 100% of the Caliphate, but will be watching them closely. It is now time to start coming home and, after many years, spending our money wisely. Certain people must get smart!” the President added.
The statement from the President came a day after the Senate Republicans backed Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday voted for an amendment seeking a reversal of Trump's order to withdraw US forces from Syria as well as a check on future plans to withdraw troops in Afghanistan.
Al Jazeera reported on Thursday that the resolution calls on the Trump administration to "conduct a review of the military and diplomatic strategies in Syria and Afghanistan" and to "set conditions" for the long-term defeat of al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (ISIS).
“I believe the threats remain. ISIS and al-Qaeda have yet to be defeated, and American national security interests require continued commitment to our mission there,” Washington Post quoted McConnell as saying on Thursday, before the going for the vote in the House.
The US President, last year, had announced for the withdrawal of about 7,000 or up to half of the US troops in Afghanistan. In the recent six-day talks between the Taliban and the US held in Qatar, last month, US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad had informed that the Taliban had reportedly reached a rough deal with Kabul over peace reconciliation in the region.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, in a televised address on January 28, stated that all foreign forces would leave the country once they had defeated the terror groups operating in the region and were needed no longer anymore. (ANI)