Following the US withdrawal from Afghanistan last month. The leader of the Syrian Democratic Forces has said Washington has reassured him that it will not abandon them.
The Biden administration sent both Gen. Frank McKenzie, a senior military officer in charge of US Central Command, and Joey Hood, assistant secretary of state who heads up Middle East affairs at the State Department, to give reassurances to Mazloum Abdi that similar scenes will not be repeated in Syria.
He said locals under his protection have been shaken by what happened in Afghanistan. “Let’s be honest, after the American withdrawal from Afghanistan people were afraid. They were afraid they might face the same situation,” he told The Times.
Washington still has some 900 troops deployed in eastern Syria, and Britain is thought to have a regular deployment of special forces personnel in the region, although no official confirmation has been given as per UK Ministry of Defense policy.