October 20, 2019 | 10:33am
President Trump in a tweet on Sunday touted the Protection secretary’s feedback in regards to the ceasefire in Syria however misspelled Mark Esper’s title.
“Mark Esperanto, Secretary of Defense, ‘The ceasefire is holding up very nicely. There are some minor skirmishes that have ended quickly. New areas being resettled with the Kurds,’” Trump posted on his Twitter web page.
“USA soldiers are not in combat or ceasefire zones. We have secured the Oil. Bringing soldiers home!,” he continued.
Esper was requested in regards to the five-day cease-fire Vice President Mike Pence brokered with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan final Thursday as stated sporadic combating had reportedly damaged out between Kurds and Turkish forces in northern Syria.
“We see a stabilization of the lines if you will on the ground. And we do get reports of intermittent fires, this and that. That doesn’t surprise me necessarily,” Esper, who Trump named to the publish in June, advised reporters as he headed to the Center East.
However he additionally stated that the US troops being pulled out of Syria shall be despatched to western Iraq the place they’ll struggle Islamic State terrorists.
“Things could change between now and whenever we complete the withdrawal,” he stated. “But that’s the game plan right now.”
The Protection secretary stated the mission in Iraq is twofold.
“One is to help defend Iraq and two is to perform a counter-ISIS mission as we sort through the next steps,” Esper stated. “Things could change between now and whenever we complete the withdrawal, but that’s the game plan right now.”