Thursday, March 9, 2023

US Congress Rejects American Forces Pullout from Syria

US Congress Rejects American Forces Pullout from Syria

The US House of Representatives rejected a proposed resolution seeking the withdrawal of US troops from Syria.

The GOP-sponsored bill failed to pass on Thursday with 103 votes in favor and 321 votes against it.

The Syria War Powers resolution was introduced by Florida Republican Matt Gaetz last week following a recent incident in which four American soldiers were injured during a raid in the Arab country.

The bill required President Joe Biden to bring US forces home within 180 days unless Congress votes to authorize a longer deployment.

Following the ill-fated vote, Gaetz slammed US lawmakers, saying the Congress never authorized military action in Syria to begin with.

“There is no role for the United States of America in Syria. We are not a Middle Eastern power. We have tried to build a democracy out of sand, blood, and Arab militias,” he said.

“Time and again, the work we do does not reduce chaos. Oftentimes, it causes chaos – the very chaos that then subsequently leads to terrorism. While today’s vote may have failed, my fight to end forever wars and bring our troops home has only just begun,” he added.

Gaetz further noted that several prior Inspector General Reports have concluded that a resurgence of Daesh (ISIS or ISIL) in Syria is “unlikely,” instead claiming that the American presence has served as a “recruiting tool” for the terrorist group.   

However, opponents of the resolution voiced fear that a US pullout could mean the revival of terrorist groups in the region.

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