President Biden falsely claimed that the U.S. doesn’t have navy deployed to Syria throughout an interview with ABC Information’ George Stephanopoulos Wednesday night time, his first TV interview for the reason that Taliban’s fast takeover of Afghanistan.
Biden defended himself in opposition to fierce criticism for his withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and the nation’s subsequent fall to the Taliban this month. He pointed to Syria and East Africa as areas the place Islamic terrorists pose a better menace to Individuals than Afghanistan, and but the U.S. doesn’t have a large navy presence in these areas.
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“Al Qaeda, ISIS, they metastasize,” the president stated. “There is a considerably better menace to the USA from Syria. There is a considerably better menace from East Africa. There’s vital better menace to different locations on the earth than it’s from the mountains of Afghanistan. And we now have maintained the flexibility to have an overriding functionality to take them out.
“We do not have navy in Syria to be sure that we’re gonna be protected,” he stated, including that he’s “assured we’re gonna have the overriding functionality” in Afghanistan as nicely.
The U.S., the truth is, at present has roughly 900 troops deployed to Syria. A White Home official advised Fox Information that these are not fight troops and are solely there for “advising and capacity-building.”
It’s not the primary comparable misstep by the president. The White Home’s record of speaking factors despatched this week to Democrats defending his dealing with of Afghanistan claimed there aren’t any “boots on the bottom” in Syria.
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The U.S. troops in Syria are there to help the Syrian Democratic Forces combating the Islamic State terrorist group, a job that has largely remained unchanged for the reason that American-led intervention in 2014, a senior Biden administration official advised Politico final month.
“I don’t anticipate any adjustments proper now to the mission or the footprint in Syria,” the official advised the outlet, talking on situation of anonymity. “In Syria, we’re supporting Syrian Democratic Forces of their struggle in opposition to ISIS,” the official stated. “That is been fairly profitable, and that is one thing that we’ll proceed.”