United States to "redirect" Syria stabilization fund amid speculation of retreat

Pauline Gross
August 20, 2018

The department said it had raised $300 million from coalition partners for recovery efforts in areas retaken from Islamic State militants in the northeast of the country and the USA funds would be used to support other foreign policy priorities.

According to Nauert, two major contributions to make up for loss of USA funds came from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who pledged $100m and $50m respectively over the last couple of months.

Jeffrey, a former US ambassador to Turkey, Iraq and Albania who also served as a deputy national security adviser to President George W. Bush, will hold the title of "special representative for Syrian engagement".

The funds will be reallocated "to support other key foreign".

"Lack of US leadership=Undercutting US interests in Syria and around the world".

US President Donald Trump said on Saturday announced that the United States's decision to end the "ridiculous" development fund for Syria and urged the "rich countries" to pay instead.

The United States of America has commended Saudi Arabia's contribution of $100 million for stabilizing efforts being supported by the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS in the areas liberated from Daish in Syria.

This decision does not represent any lessening of USA commitment to our strategic goals in Syria.

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But the move is a sign that the Trump administration is moving to reduce the US footprint in the country.

Still, the move is a sign the administration is heeding President Donald Trump's demand to end US involvement in Syria and reducing its commitment there.

Nauert said Pompeo's decision took into account the White House's desire to increase burden sharing with allies.

It said Islamic State's territory is down to 400 square miles (1,000 square kilometers) in Syria and almost 150,000 people have returned to the city of Raqqa after the militant group fled.

US officials told The Associated Press that the White House is notifying lawmakers that $200 million planned for efforts to stabilize the country and provide relief for civilians amid the Syrian Civil War would be shifted elsewhere.

Around $6.6m from the pledged amount was released in June to continue funding for the White Helmets, a voluntary civil defence organisation rescuing people after air strikes.

For example, he said, potable water supplies have been restored to all 26 districts of Raqa, which was devastated in the campaign to oust ISIS fighters. "I want to develop the USA, our military and countries that help us!"

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