an American general warns of declaring victory over a preacher[/size] Twilight News
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The commander of US special forces, General Raymond Thomas, warned of the declaration of "victory" over the organization of Dahesh, who is still defending his last pockets in Syria.
When he announced in December 2018 that he would withdraw 2,000 US troops from Syria, most of them special forces, US President Donald Trump said Washington had "won" the war.
During a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, General Thomas' senator asked what victory was in Syria. "I do not make it easy to use a victory phrase instead of a goal," he said.
"The goal is to reduce the threat in that region," he said. "We are about to reduce this threat ... and to identify the capabilities that must remain in place within the region to ensure this goal."
Since Trump's statement, US officials have been keen to downplay the importance of declaring the final victory over a preacher, pointing out that the terrorist organization will remain a threat even after losing control it announced in 2014.
The general also confirmed that he was not confident in assessing the situation in Syria. "It is one of the most complex challenges our forces have faced for some time," he said.
As for Syrian-backed Syrian Kurds and the question of weakening them to Turkey after the upcoming US withdrawal, the general said, "We are considering solutions to maintain contact with them and a certain level of support."