BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that some of his nation’s armed forces would remain in Syria after the defeat of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh).
In his statement, Trump said a total of 400 troops would remain in Syria, with 200 of them placed closer to the border of Israel.
“In Syria we’re leaving 200 people there and 200 people in another place in Syria closer to Israel for a period of time,” Trump said on Wednesday.
Despite Trump’s claim, the U.S. military is positioned nowhere near the Syrian-Israeli border.
In fact, their closest point to the Syrian-Israeli border is in the Al-Tanf region, which is still incredibly far from the occupied Golan Heights.
Trump would not specify where these troops would be deployed, as he switched to the topic of the Islamic State’s territorial defeat.
“This is a map of everything in red; this was on election night in 2016. Everything red is ISIS [Daesh]. When I took it over it was a mess,” Trump said demonstrating the map of the Islamic State-held territory.
“Now, on the bottom, that’s the exact same [map], there is no red. The fact is actually a tiny spot, which will be gone by tonight,” he added.