President Donald Trump declared victory against the Islamic State inside Syria and is reportedly close to ordering the withdrawal of all US military troops from the country.
But this is not the first time the American public has heard a U.S. president go back on his words when it came to the withdraw of troops during the Global War on Terrorism.
On May 1, 2003, President George W. Bush claimed victory in Iraq after he landed on the USS Abraham Lincoln in the co-pilot’s seat of a Navy fighter jet.
“Major combat operations in Iraq have ended,” Bush said, with the infamous “Mission Accomplished” banner hovering over him. “In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed.”
For the next eight years, troops remained in Iraq…
In 2008 the American and Iraqi governments signed an agreement stating troops would be withdrawn from Iraqi cities 2009 and a complete withdrawal from Iraq by the end of 2011.
On 27 February 2009, at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, President Barack Obama announced his revision to the original date of withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq.
Even after campaigning for president with the promise of a total troop withdrawn, he amended the withdraw schedule by extending the 2009 deadline to 2010.
In August of 2010 the US Army 4th Stryker Brigade of the 2nd Infantry Division was the last American combat brigade to withdraw from Iraq.
Four years later U.S. troops entered Iraq again…
On 15 June 2014, President Obama ordered US forces to be deployed to Iraq, in response to offensives conducted by the ISIS.
President Obama was forced to go back on his famous “no boots on the ground” that he repeatedly said when referring to US troops going to Iraq and Syria.
He was also forced to go back on his promise to never send troops into Syria -a promise he made publicly sixteen times from 2013 – 2015.
U.S. military ground operations in Syria began in 2015 when President Obama ordered 50 special forces, which eventually grew to over 2,000 U.S. military forces.
According to the White House, all of these forces could be home within the next thirty days…whether they will be back or not, well, that is another story.
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