Great Power Competition & US Uncertain Approach

On 13 Mar 18, Gen. Joseph L. Votel, Commander of the US Central Command in a Testimony Before the Senate Armed Services Committee  outlined the US strategy in West Asia and Afghanistan. This was before the US President Donald Trump raised the red flag by stating that the United States will soon pull out troops from Syria. While the US commitment of troops in the war in Syria is limited to an accepted number of approximately 2000, the multiplier effect that these were having in targeting the remnants of the ISIS was high while these were also to support the stabilising in the region. The White House has now clarified that there will be no pull out of troops immediately yet this has only added to concerns of United States partners and allies in the region of American commitment to enduring peace and stability amidst spreading chaos. Importantly Votel has outlined that as per the US National Defense Strategy 2018, “great power competition  as our principal national security challenge and we see the effects of that competition throughout the region”.

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