US and allied forces in eastern Syria need to complete training between 35,000 to 40,000 local troops to establish stability in eastern Syria following the defeat and expulsion of the Daesh terror group in those areas, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Joseph Dunford said.

“We estimate about 35,000 to 40,000 local forces have to be trained and equipped in order to provide stability,” Dunford said at a Washington Post event on Thursday. “We are probably somewhere along the line of 20 percent through the training of those forces.”

Dunford explained that the stabilization process would need to continue for an indefinite period of time in eastern Syria.

“With regard to stabilization we still have a long way to go. We can say our presence in Syria right now is sustainable and can be adjusted based on conditions,” he said.

Dunford gave no details of the number of US Special Operations Command troops that were currently operating in eastern, Syria, but he did say there were no plans to evacuate them.
When asked if the US forces in eastern Syria would be maintained in the region for the foreseeable future, Dunford replied, “No. That’s right… They’re not leaving any time soon.”
The training of local forces was necessary to re-establish effective local government and services in the region including sewage, law and order and electric power, Dunford said.

 

 

Source: Sputnik

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We will leave Syria in a few months. We will leave Syria as soon as the SDF can look after themselves . We will leave Syria as soon as Daesh are defeated. We will leave Syria as soon as the new President comes to office . We will leave Syria as soon as Assad is removed. We will leave Syria as soon as Iranian forces leave. We will leave Syria as soon as we have trained 40,000 SDF. We will leave Syria as soon as Russia leaves. We will leave Syria as soon as Putin is no longer President. We… Read more »

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Cyriak Papasissis

Another such ”stabilization” attempt the US tried in Lebanon in 1982 , when they landed marines there. We know what end this attempt at gross violation of international law had , and what happened to some of the marines. It seems the US never learns a lesson, they repeat the same wrongful steps , expecting to obtain a different outcome. This is the definition of idiocy , according to something Einstein once quipped.

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At that time US did not have local allies. In Northern Syria it does have a local ally that controls its region, has good fighting abilities, but lacks heavy arms. US is supplying those in APC, Howitzers, mortars, ATGM and hopefully soon manpads, radar missiles.

A democratic, multilingual liberal and ethnically neutral region is springing into existance, embedded in a new and expanded education system.

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The US plan to occupy Eastern Syria for an indefinite period of time – or at least until the area has run out of oil.

p.s. Or until all planed future wars in the area are over.

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Sort of like the Americans are replacing the various jihadi mercenaries they have lost to the SAA, al Quds and the RuAF with Kurdish toadies.
There are too many chefs in the kitchen with various foreign-backed jihadis, the Americans, Turks, involved and now, additionally the Saudi and Emirates are getting directly involved with the last two’s air forces said to provide air cover for the Kurds.
The SAA needs to push the Turkish backed rebels towards the Kurdish lines and force the two nominal American allies to fight for N. Syria and then negotiate with whoever is left.

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USA Just trains middle easterns how to kill each other not how to built infrastructure industries or economy or knowledge and science

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Karel Vd Geest

Correct.

On the other hand, PYD and allies have a clear and inspired vision how to do this and are, in spite of being blockaded, hard at work to realising it.

Through cooperations agriculture is diversifying, small scale industries are founded and already three, as yet small, universities have been founded. Unlike in Assadistan reconstruction is ongoing. Kobane and Manbij nearing completion, Tabqah midway and Raqqah concentrating on water, electricity, schools and roads, on infrastructure. Already half a million refugees returned to their cities.

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People do not seem to like hearing facts. Is anyone disputing them? Or is it just they do not like the facts themselves?

Let them visit the cities and see the reconstruction for themselves.

They do not have to go as spies, they can go as tourists or as reporters, as long as they go in peace and with an open mind.

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Gustavo Lopez Velazquez

You meant 40,000 more terrorists, didn’t you ? That is possible to believe.