President Obama’s high-level security advisors recommended that the US military withdraw its forces from Syria and abandon plans to overthrow Assad.
High-ranking White House officials have reportedly suggested that the US should instead undertake steps to improve the situation of the Syrian population and stop the refugee flow.
Sputnik news reports:
Advisors argue that the overthrow of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is not enforceable anymore. Therefore, the Americans should pull back their military forces and contribute to the restoration of destroyed cities and the supply of the population instead. According to US officials, these steps would help to stop the massive waves of refugees from the region.
US President Barack Obama seems to have decided to follow this advice. On Friday, the President temporarily suspended a military program worth $500 million, designed to train Syrian fighters, the New York Times reported.
This method of warfare has not proved to be successful: 54 fighters trained by the US have been recently attacked and captured by the terrorist organization Jabhat al-Nursa front, media reported.
Moreover, as Josh Rogin and Eli Lake wrote in their Bloomberg analysis, Barack Obama believes that further military involvement in Syria would result in high costs and numerous deaths. Therefore, it is quite likely that the US may now pursue a more discreet policy with regard to Syria and decrease its military activities in the country.