PM Netanyahu on US withdrawal from Syria: We will make sure to maintain Israel’s security
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that Israel would study Washington’s decision to withdraw all American troops in Syria.
“I spoke with the United States President Donald Trump a few days ago and with Secretary of State Michael Pompeo yesterday. I was told that the American administration intends to withdraw its forces from Syria,” he said.
“They made clear they have other ways to have influence in the area,” Netanyahu said.
“We will study the timeline, how it will be done and of course the implications for us. In any case, we will make sure to maintain Israel’s security and protect ourselves from this arena.”
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President Donald Trump declared victory over ISIS in Syria on Wednesday, as the Pentagon prepares for an immediate troop withdrawal.
‘We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency,’ the president wrote on Twitter.
As the U.S. is preparing to pack up, Russia is moving in. After carrying out a fight in Syria billed as an anti-terror campaign but also buttressing Assad, Russia has begun building a permanent military presence.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that ISIS terrorists had executed nearly 700 prisoners in nearly two months in eastern Syria.