The Trump administration is considering a new proposal that helps reduce the U.S. footprint in Syria, which would use the militaries of Arab allies to fill the void left by the departure of American troops.
U.S. officials told the Wall Street Journal Monday evening that Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt have been asked to contribute to the effort to bring stability to Syria. The administration is asking for both financial and military support for the endeavor, according to the report.
As Islamic State forces continues to lose ground in the fight against U.S. and coalition partners, worries have emerged that this effort has had the negative effect of empowering Iranian regional hegemony.
The Trump administration is hoping that Arab partners can potentially serve as that long-term bulwark against Iran’s caliphate ambitions, while continuing to pry Russia away from Iran and the Syrian regime’s sphere of influence.
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