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UK & France Accept Trump's Call For More Troops In Syria As Germany Rebuffs
07-10-2019, 02:19 AM,
UK & France Accept Trump's Call For More Troops In Syria As Germany Rebuffs
UK & France Accept Trump's Call For More Troops In Syria As Germany Rebuffs

<p>Amid an awkward diplomatic row between the UK and US following <a href="">leaked cables</a> sent from Britain's ambassador to the United States back to London which described President Trump as "inept," "insecure" and "incompetent," the United Kingdom joined France Tuesday in being <strong>among the only US allies to heed the administration's call to bolster forces in Syria</strong>. </p>

<p>Notably Germany has rebuffed the US request to deploy additional troops as part of the "anti-ISIS coalition" primarily in Syria's north and east after US special envoy James Jeffrey told <em>Die Welt’s</em> <a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Sunday edition</a> that,<em>"We want ground forces from Germany to partially replace our soldiers." </em>This as the Pentagon plans a draw down in line with Trump's longtime promise to the American public of a "full" and "complete" withdrawal which has been long delayed since last year over concerns that either pro-Assad and Iranian forces or Turkey could fill the vacuum.</p>
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<p>The Guardian confirmed <a href="">the following on Tuesday</a>:</p>

<p>US officials briefed on Tuesday that Britain and France <strong>would contribute 10% to 15% more elite soldiers</strong>, although the exact numbers involved remain secret.</p>

<p>The decision was first reported in the journal <a data-link-name="in body link" href="">Foreign Policy</a>, which described the development as <strong>“a major victory … for Donald Trump’s national security team”</strong> because few other countries had been willing to help out.</p>

<p>The US call for increased German presence had reportedly caused <a href="">deep division</a> in Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition, per <a href="">the AFP</a>:</p>

<p><strong>Discord broke out in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition Sunday</strong>, after the United States urged the country to send ground troops to Syria as Washington looks to withdraw from the region.</p>

<p>The Pentagon is believed to have slowly begun drawing down its presence in Syria, from a force which is believed to have been anywhere from 2,000 to multiple thousands, down to<strong> a possible current level of 400</strong>. </p>

<p>The UK has not commented on its own troop numbers in Syria, nor how many more it plans to send, but <strong>the bulk are believed to be special forces SAS soldiers</strong>. </p>

<p>The White House has of late been putting pressure on European allies to step up presence in Syria so it can essentially finally "declare victory" against ISIS and get out. </p>

<p>Meanwhile, Damascus sees any foreign, US or European presence as <strong>"foreign invaders"</strong> illegally encroaching on Syrian sovereignty at a moment Washington still prioritizes "countering Iran" in the region. </p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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