WASHINGTON — The U.S. withdrawal from Syria may bring to a close an open-ended and strategically unclear military commitment and likely put at risk vital national security interests, according to some analysts. “I guess the problem is that whereas our involvement doesn’t necessarily make things better, our lack of involvement doesn’t either,” said Mark Katz, a Russia and Middle East scholar and professor of politics at George Mason University in Virginia. U.S. President Donald Trump surprised allies and adversaries with his decision in December to bring home the approximately 2,000 U.S. forces in Syria to help local militias defeat efforts by the Islamic State militant group to establish an Islamic extremist state.US withdrawal Trump’s justification for a U.S. military withdrawal from Syria is that IS has been defeated or at least no longer controls any significant territory in Syria or Iraq; however, a deadly IS attack in Syria on Wednesday that killed four Americans, two service members and two civilians in Defense-related jobs, showed that the militant group remains active. Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday reiterated the Trump administration’s reassurance that the Syria withdrawal does not mark the beginning of the end of U.S. involvement in the region. “We… Read full this story
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