Mobilization of Arab Troops for Syria Unlikely

Mobilization of Arab Troops for Syria Unlikely Mobilization of Arab Troops for Syria Unlikely

There is little chance that Arab countries would agree to a reported plan by the United States to replace its forces in Syria with Arab troops to keep terrorists at bay, says a senior lawmaker, who believes such a decision contradicts international law. 
Citing US officials, the Wall Street Journal recently reported that the Trump administration is seeking to assemble an “Arab force” to replace the US military contingent in Syria and help stabilize the northeastern part of the country after the defeat of the self-styled Islamic State terrorist group. 
Jalil Rahimi, a member of Majlis Judicial and Legal Affairs Commission, said such a military presence on Syrian soil would translate into “direct occupation”, which counters international law.  
“Deploying military forces from other countries to Syria would be tantamount to interference in the country’s internal affairs. In fact, it would mean aggression against the country given that Syria is an independent sovereign state,” he said in an interview with ICANA. 
John Bolton, President Donald Trump’s new national security adviser, has called Abbas Kamel, Egypt’s acting intelligence chief, to see if Cairo would contribute to the effort, officials said. 


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