In 2016 the United States established a training program for Free Syrian Army militants at its military base in al-Tanf to fight Daesh terrorists in the region.
According to The Washington Post, the United States has been concerned over the possibility of Iranian forces, fighting in support of the Syrian government, seizing the US outpost in al-Tanf. Other high-ranking aides cited by the media outlet as saying saw it as a chance to expand the campaign against the Iranian forces in the war-ravaged country.
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Such a turn of events would contradict President Donald Trump’s promise to “leave Syria, like, very soon” as the US has allegedly accomplished its mission to “knock out” Daesh*.
According to The Washington Post, the al-Tanf base’s fate illustrates the confusion characterizing President Trump’s response to Iranian increasing “political and military influence” across the region. Initially, the base was established to fight armed militant groups and recapture a strategic border crossing at Bukamal, but since Trump took office, he promised to act decisively against the Islamic Republic, which allegedly joined the Syrian government troops and frustrated US plans to move northwest.
As President Trump accused Tehran of fomenting “violence” and fueling “bloodshed and chaos” across the Middle East, the…