January 16, 2019

American Troops Die in Syria as Trump Team Squabbles

Featuring Loren DeJonge Schulman

Source: Foreign Policy

Journalist Lara Seligman

Two U.S. service members and two Department of Defense personnel were killed in an explosion in Syria on Wednesday, the U.S. military confirmed, even as President Donald Trump’s Syria team appeared to be in a state of chaos, with different factions scrambling to keep up with a volatile commander in chief.

Confusion around the administration’s planned drawdown of the roughly 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria—which Trump first announced in a tweet last month, shocking his own top advisors—has sown infighting among the various agencies and created friction between the president and the remaining members of his national security team, according to observers and U.S. government sources.

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Authors

  • Loren DeJonge Schulman

    Deputy Director of Studies

    Loren DeJonge Schulman is the Deputy Director of Studies and the Leon E. Panetta Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. Her research interests include nation...