February 22, 2019

Kurds Laud US Decision to Keep Some Troops in Syria

Featuring Nicholas Heras

Source: Voice of America

Journalist Sirwan Kajjo

Kurdish groups fighting Islamic State militants in Syria welcomed the U.S. decision to keep up to several hundred troops in Syria, saying the move would be crucial to keeping peace in the region.

The White House announced Thursday that it would keep up to several hundred American military personnel in northeast Syria after the U.S. withdraws most of its troops from the country.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement that a "small peacekeeping group" would remain in Syria "for a period of time."

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish-led alliance that is aided by the U.S. in the fight against IS, said the decision has come at a critical time.

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Authors

  • Nicholas Heras

    Fellow, Middle East Security Program

    Nicholas A. Heras is a Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), working in the Middle East Security Program. His work focuses on the analysis of complex confli...