Trump: No More Endless Wars, Bring Them Home

Washington, D.C. – President Trump yesterday repeated his call for the troops to be brought home and an end to “endless wars”.

The commander-in-chief announced that he will continue troop withdrawal while protecting the Kurds from Turkey and keeping a boot on the neck of ISIS.

Military officials have confirmed the extraction of roughly 2,000 troops and military equipment but did not announce any time tables for security reasons.

Before and while running for President, Trump strongly criticized the Obama administration which set a withdrawal date and helped feed the shocking growth of ISIS.

What at first appeared to be an immediate and total withdrawal following Trump’s victory declaration seems to have become a strategic pull-back with less haste.

During the 2016 Presidential campaign, then-candidate Trump promised to put “America First” with a stronger military but less foreign intervention. He appears to have deferred to military experts for much of his first term but now seems to have enough confidence in the damage done to ISIS that he is renewing his call to bring the troops home.

Lawmakers continue to voice their concerns over not giving ISIS any room to breathe and avoiding a humanitarian crisis in a Turkey offensive against the Kurds who have been an indispensable ally in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. In fact, the Syrian Democratic Forces led by the Kurdish YPG and backed by US air support continue fighting in the last ISIS stronghold of Hajin.

The Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve is a military coalition of more than 30 countries.

Below are the air strike statistics and costs for only the first half of the ISIS conflict according to the Department of Defense:

Airstrikes

As of Aug. 9, 2017, the Coalition has conducted 13,331 strikes in Iraq, and 11,235 strikes in Syria, for a total of 24,566 strikes total in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

Cost

As of June 30, 2017, the total cost of operations related to ISIS since kinetic operations started on Aug. 8, 2014, is $14.3 billion and the average daily cost is $13.6 million for 1,058 days of operations.

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