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No, Trump isn’t Bringing Troops home: Not those in Syria, or any of the 60,000 in the Mideast

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By Juan Cole | 21 October 2019

INFORMED COMMENT — Although Trump keeps talking about bringing the troops home from the Middle East, that isn’t what he is doing.

There are some 60,000 US troops in and around the Middle East. There is no prospect of any significant number of them “coming home” any time soon.

In fact, Trump just sent nearly 2,000 troops to Saudi Arabia after the attack, attributed by many to Iran, on the Abqaiq oil processing facility.

I guess the difference between Syrian Kurds, whom he abandoned, and Saudi Arabia, to which he’s sending more troops, is about 9 million barrels a day of oil. […]

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