Foreign Policy

Statement from Will Ruger on Pullback of U.S. Troops from Syrian-Turkish Border

October 7, 2019

ARLINGTON, Va.—The Charles Koch Institute’s William Ruger, Vice President for Research and Policy, issued the following statement following news the U.S. would pull back its troops from the Syrian-Turkish border:

“President Trump made the right decision to pull back our troops from the Syrian-Turkish border. It is not in our national interest to have a small U.S. force in the middle of a long-running dispute between our NATO ally Turkey and various Kurdish groups in Syria. It is not America’s job to sort out the future of Syria. We were in Syria for a very limited reason – to eliminate ISIS’s territorial caliphate. We have accomplished that goal, so now it is time to bring our troops from that country home as President Trump promised at the end of last year.”

Ruger recently issued this statement marking the 18th anniversary of U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan, which called for the withdrawal of American troops from the country.

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