It’s Official: U.S. Troops are Leaving Syria

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Posted: Dec 19, 2018 11:00 AM
It’s Official: U.S. Troops are Leaving Syria

The White House officially announced Wednesday morning nearly 2,000 U.S. troops are being pulled out of Syria. 

"Five years ago, ISIS was a very powerful and dangerous force in the Middle East, and now the United States has defeated the territorial caliphate. These victories over ISIS in Syria do not signal the end of the Global Coalition or its campaign,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders released in a statement. “We have started returning United States troops home as we transition to the next phase of this campaign. The United States and our allies stand ready to re-engage at all levels to defend American interests whenever necessary, and we will continue to work together to deny radical Islamist terrorists territory, funding, support, and any means of infiltrating our borders."

President Trump declared victory over ISIS in Syria before the announcement was made. 

On Capitol Hill, a number of lawmakers are slamming the move.