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US Wants to Replace Its Troops in Syria With Gulf States' Militaries

US Wants to Replace Its Troops in Syria With Gulf States' Militaries

The new initiative is reportedly part of the White House's demand from several Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), "to contribute billions of dollars to help restore northern Syria", which Arab states are now being demanded to support US plans in northern Syria in military terms as well.

Speaking to reporters in Riyadh, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said the deliberations on what type of force needs to remain in eastern Syria and where that force would come from are "ongoing".

The White House recently increased the tone in willingness to withdraw from Syria, as the Trump administration said staying in Syria comes at a high cost for the USA and that US allies should take more responsibility in the war-torn country.

According to the WSJ, Trump has grown frustrated at what he perceives as a costly and time-consuming intervention in Syria, a position at odds with most of his advisors who argue that an early exit from the Syrian front would cede ground to Russian Federation and Iran, while possibly opening up the door for the Islamic State (IS) to resurface. The White House reiterated Monday that President Donald Trump still wants to see an early exit for USA troops from Syria after French President Emmanuel Macron suggested that American forces may remain longer-term.

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The Trump administration plans to replace American troops with Arab forces in Syria to stabilize the situation in the northeastern part of the country, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing American officials.

Jubeir, who was commenting in response to a question about the report, said that in regard to finances, Saudi Arabia has "always maintained its share of the burden".

Saudi Arabia and its Arab and non-Arab allies believe that Lebanon and Iraq are Iran's backyard and their sovereignty is violated by the Islamic Republic.

Saudi Arabia in March 2015 launched a coalition of Arab states fighting to roll back Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen and restore the country's internationally-recognised government to power.