We were going to be there 3 months, that was 7 years ago
US Soldiers surveil area during combined joint patrol in Manbij. (Reuters)

US President Donald J. Trump tweeted a message to detractors explaining his Syrian withdrawal strategy.

"On Syria, we were originally going to be there for three months," Trump wrote. "And that was seven years ago - we never left.

"When I became President, ISIS was going wild. Now ISIS is largely defeated and other local countries, including Turkey, should be able to easily take care of whatever remains. We’re coming home!" Trump concluded.

A senior security official said on Friday that in his decision to withdraw the US army from Syria, Trump "threw Israel under the wheels of an Russian army transport truck that transfers weapons to Syria and Hezbollah."

He also said, according to the news report, that outgoing US Defense Secretary James Matis had hinted to Israel that Trump would announce a withdrawal from Syria. The Israeli intelligence assessment is that following the American move the area will become a lucrative weapons transfer bonanza between the sides.

We were going to be there 3 months, that was 7 years ago
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