US Now To Leave 1,000 Troops In Syria, Far More Than Trump’s Original Plan

TOPSHOT - US Army helicopter crew members look out of their Chinook helicopter as they fly from the US Embassy to Baghdad International airport, following the helicopter of US secretary of State Mike Pompeo, over the... TOPSHOT - US Army helicopter crew members look out of their Chinook helicopter as they fly from the US Embassy to Baghdad International airport, following the helicopter of US secretary of State Mike Pompeo, over the Iraqi capital Baghdad on January 9, 2019. - The eight-day tour comes weeks after the US President announced that the United States would quickly pull its 2,000 soldiers out of Syria, declaring that IS -- also known as ISIS -- had been defeated. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS

The United States will now leave about 1,000 troops in Syria, a far cry from President Donald Trump’s original plan for a complete pullout and later concession of leaving around 200 then 400 peacekeepers.

According to a Sunday Wall Street Journal report, this is just the latest development in an impetuous foreign policy decision that caused the resignation of former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

The decision to leave the troops comes as a result of the administration’s failure to diplomatically establish a “safe zone” in northeast Syria.

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