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Arabs will not replace U.S. troops in Syria: Egyptian columnist

Tuesday 24/April/2018 - 06:32 PM
Sada El Balad
Mohamed Emad

U.S. wants to leave Syria but seeks to find a replacer because the withdrawal of the American forces entails the extension of Iran and Turkey strategic influence in the region، said Head of Supreme Council for Media Regulation (SCMR) Makram Mohamed.

"The situation in Syria is going to creat an international turmoil، and there can be no alternative Arab forces going to US forces there،" he added.

“Arabs will not replace U.S. troops in Syria،” Makram added.

Arabs will not replace U.S. troops in Syria as the

Noteworthy، The Trump administration is renewing an effort to replace US troops in Syria with an Arab force، but the proposal faces substantial obstacles and could potentially exacerbate the conflict، according to The Guardian.

The Saudi foreign minister، Adel al-Jubeir، said his government was talking to Washington about raising such a force، confirming a report in the Wall Street Journal that said the new US national security adviser، John Bolton، had called the Egyptian intelligence chief، Abbas Kamel، to ask Cairo to play a part in building one.

There are about 2،000 US troops in Syria fighting Islamic State، but Donald Trump has repeatedly expressed a desire to withdraw them.

The idea of an Arab coalition force playing a role in Syria to combat extremist groups and contain Iranian influence has surfaced several times since 2015، but faces severe problems. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are bogged down in a brutal war in Yemen، and have little manpower and few military resources to spare.

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