- No CNN… The US Intelligence Chief Actually Vindicated Trump’s Syria Exit
by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
America’s top intelligence chief has said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is set to retake the entire country in the near future. “President Bashar al-Assad has largely defeated the opposition and is now seeking to regain control over all of the Syrian territory,” Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said during a Senate committee hearing on Tuesday.
And in comments that appeared to vindicate President Trump’s Syria withdrawal strategy predicated upon the Islamic State’s defeat, DNI Coats said that pro-Assad forces continue to “re-take territory” from what remains of ISIS while carefully avoiding war with US allies Israel and Turkey. “The regime will focus on retaking territory while seeking to avoid conflict with Israel and Turkey” DNI Coats testified.
This echoes a previous December statement of Trump’s wherein the president defended his Syria troop draw down based on the idea that American forces were fighting the enemies of Iran, Russia, and Syria for them (that is, fighting a jihadist insurgency that was simultaneously warring against Assad).
“Russia, Iran, Syria & others are the local enemy of ISIS. We were doing there [sic] work. Time to come home & rebuild” — Trump had tweeted, with the implication that Damascus and its allies would inevitably finish off the dirty work of cleaning out the terror insurgency.