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Wed Apr 18, 2018, 11:20 AM

Bolton dealing to build an Arab military force in Syria

Source: CNN

Bolton dealing to build an Arab military force in Syria

By Zachary Cohen, CNN
Updated 1140 GMT (1940 HKT) April 18, 2018

Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump's newly minted national security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo are among those spearheading a push to build a coalition of Arab military forces that could replace US troops in Syria and serve as a stabilizing force in the region once ISIS is defeated, according to sources familiar with internal discussions.

While convincing nations like Saudi Arabia to join the cause is sure to come at a price, the Trump administration is considering an offer that includes putting a compelling reward on the table, a source close to the White House told CNN.

A similar concept was initially floated in 2013 as part of the Obama administration's anti-ISIS strategy, but the idea of establishing an Arab force aligned with US interests recently picked up new momentum after President Donald Trump declared that he wants to withdraw US troops from Syria and have other countries "take care of it."

Specifically, the US is pursuing contributions from Egypt, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to help counter Iran in Syria by filling the void should the US significantly reduce its footprint in the country.

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Wed Apr 18, 2018, 12:14 PM

1. And to be used against Iran later?

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Wed Apr 18, 2018, 01:24 PM

2. Yeah, what a great idea

Let's go over and create a force, by drawing from say the Mujahideen and we can train and equiprment them to fight the "Bad Guys". And then when they win, they'll just all melt away and won't be a problem for anyone. Worked before right with no problems?

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