Trump’s close ally admits hiding US troop numbers in northern Syria

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News ID: 49242
Publish Date: 14:12 - 14 November 2020
Saturday, 14 November 2020_Outgoing US special representative for Syria, James Jeffrey, says he and his team routinely misled President Donald Trump into believing that that true numbers of American troops in northern Syria were a lot lower than the actual size.

Trump’s close ally admits hiding US troop numbers in northern Syria“We were always playing shell games to not make clear to our leadership how many troops we had there,” Jeffrey made the startling revelation in an interview with Defense One website.

Back in October 2019, Trump ordered the withdrawal of US troops from northern Syria. The decision was met with immense criticism from lawmakers, military officials and diplomats like Republican Senator Lindsay Graham and former Pentagon chief James Mattis, who had several policy differences with the president and eventually quit from the top post on the heels of Trump’s decision to pull out.

Pentagon officials could at last convince Trump to leave approximately 200 troops behind to “secure” oil fields.

However, the real number of troops in northeast Syria is “a lot more than” the roughly 200 troops Trump initially agreed to leave there, Jeffrey said.

“What Syria withdrawal? There was never a Syria withdrawal,” the retiring diplomat said.

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