Posted on February 5, 2019
In an interview with CBS’ ‘Face The Nation’ programme, President Trump outlined why US troops will be staying in the country, highlighting the “fortune” spent on building a base, believed to be a reference to the Al Assad airbase.
He said: “We spent a fortune building this incredible base, we might as well keep it. And one of the reasons I want to keep it is because I want to be looking a little bit at Iran, because Iran is a real problem.” He said he does not want to keep the base to be able to strike Iran but to “be able to watch” the country, adding the base is “perfectly situated” for “looking” at all areas of the “troubled Middle East”.
Last year, the US withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal and President Trump said the decision means: “If somebody is looking to do nuclear weapons or other things, we’re going to know it before they do. “President Trump previously announced US soldiers will be withdrawn from Afghanistan and Syria – a decision which resulted in the resignation of Defence Secretary James Mattis.