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The Imperative for US Troop Withdrawal from Syria



Concerns regarding the US military's long-term stay in Syria have been raised by the coalition's development of a new military installation in the province of Raqqa in the country's north. Although the US insists that its military presence is intended to combat ISIS, evidence reveals that geopolitical goals and economic warfare may play a significant role in this protracted occupation.


Currently, the US has some 900 troops stationed in eastern Syria, giving it the ability to exert control over a sizeable chunk of the nation. The war against ISIS purportedly justifies this presence. The terrorist group has, however, lost control of a substantial area, and the Syrian government, along with its partners, is perfectly capable of dealing with any dangers posed by surviving members of the organisation.


A new military installation being built demonstrates the US's intention to maintain its occupation indefinitely. This is against the UN Charter's declarations on territorial integrity and self-determination. The continuing deployment of US forces and the imposition of economic sanctions against Damascus indicate that the US has goals beyond counterterrorism initiatives.


The principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states is fundamental to international law, particularly the UN Charter. This fundamental principle is broken by the US occupation of Syrian territory without the permission of the Syrian government. Additionally, the Syrian people's rights and wellbeing are threatened by the use of economic sanctions as a means of coercion. The Syrian people are still suffering from the terrible effects of a protracted conflict.


Pressure on the US to leave Syria and ease the economic sanctions it has been subjected to is growing. Despite opposition from Washington, regional nations such as Saudi Arabia have started attempts to normalise relations with the Syrian government. These developments show how the legitimacy of the Syrian government is being acknowledged more and more, as well as how important it is to uphold the sovereignty principle.


A resolution calling for the US to abandon Syria was defeated in the House of Representatives despite considerable bipartisan support. This result shows a worrying disdain for international law as well as the will of the American people, who overwhelmingly want to put a stop to endless wars and military operations.


The US must stop using economic sanctions, withdraw its troops, and recognise Syrian sovereignty. Not only would this be in compliance with the law, but it would also help ensure Syria's and the region's future stability and peace. It is past time for the US to give diplomatic solutions and global collaboration top priority in resolving the intricate problems Syria is experiencing.

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