Biden Administration Plans To Stay in Syria
March 27, 2023, 2022 (EIRNS)—National Security Council spokesman John Kirby on “Face the Nation” yesterday declared that the U.S. is in Syria to stay, no matter what anyone else says or does. “And here’s what’s not going to change, Margaret, the mission and ISIS is not going to change,” he told CBS News anchor Margaret Brennan. “We have under 1,000 troops in Syria that are going after that network, which is, while greatly diminished, still viable and still critical. So we’re going to stay at that task.”
“The President is committed to keeping those 900 or so troops in Syria?” Brennan asked. “That’s right. Absolutely,” Kirby replied.
Brennan noted that Centcom Commander Gen. Michael “Erik” Kurilla testified to Congress that there have been 78 attacks on U.S. troops in Syria since 2021. “They don’t appear to be deterred by these verbal threats or even the retaliation,” she said. “That’s why, again, the President acted so swiftly and boldly here in this particular case,” Kirby replied. “And I certainly am not going to rule out the potential for additional U.S. action if the President deems it appropriate and necessary to continue to protect our troops and our facilities. We’re going to keep at that.”