Retired Green Beret Commander: If US Leaves Syria, 'We'll Have ISIS 3.0'
Retired Army Special Forces Officer Michael Waltz said Wednesday that if U.S. troops leave their mission in Syria destroy the Islamic State, "we will have ISIS 3.0."
Currently, there are about 2,000 troops in Syria, mainly ordering United States airstrikes against the Islamic State.
In a statement Wednesday, the White House said "The military mission to eradicate ISIS in Syria is coming to a rapid end, with ISIS being almost completely destroyed. ... The United States and our partners remain committed to eliminating the small ISIS presence in Syria that our forces have not already eradicated."
The president had said during a news conference with Baltic countries Tuesday that he wants to "get out" of Syria and "I want to bring our troops back home."
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His sentiment goes against his advisers, who argue there is still work to be done there. Lt. Col. Waltz said that allies of the United States in Syria need to hear that America will not abandon them.
He said that if the United States leaves, the region will "explode again, just like when President Obama turned his back" and withdrew U.S. troop from Iraq.
Waltz said Syria could once again become a base for ISIS to plan attacks around the world.
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