US lacks a strategy in Syria: Ex-US envoy to Syria

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Thursday 20 June 2019 | 0:15 AM Damascus Time

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  • US lacks a strategy in Syria: Ex-US envoy to Syria

    BALADI NEWS

    The U.S. cannot control the future of Syria because it lacks a clear strategy, according to a former U.S. ambassador to Syria.

    Robert Ford said it is "hard to explain" the fundamental American mission in Syria, particularly in the east, because of Washington’s ambigious strategy.

    "Is it to fight Daesh? Or is it to help, promote a Kurdish Autonomous district in Northeastern Syria”, Ford asked. “Or is it to resist Iranian encouragement?"

    Most of the American public doesn’t understand what America is doing in eastern Syria, he said.

    Ford also voiced criticism for former U.S President Barack Obama's Syrian policy which insisted that "there is no military solution".

    He said it was "largely wrong".

    Ford added that "heavy" U.S. economic sanctions against the Syrian regime would not bring "significant political solutions" because the Bashar al-Assad regime "does not care about the well-being of Syrian people."

    U.S. President Donald Trump said last year it is time to bring troops home after claiming to liberate last Daesh strongholds in the country, the only publicly declared reason for intervening in Syria.

     

    Source: Anadolu Agency.

     

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