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Trump Admin Planning New Strategy to Push Iran out of Syria

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By    |   Tuesday, 16 October 2018 04:58 PM

President Donald Trump’s administration is working on a new approach to the war in Syria, one that focuses on forcing out the Iranian military and its proxies, according to NBC News.

The new plan will not involve U.S. forces actually targeting or killing Iranian troops, it will instead use political and diplomatic measures to put a financial strain on Iran, according to five people with knowledge of the plan.

"If the new strategy means opening the door to using force against Iran or Iranian military forces in Syria there needs to be a new Authorization for Use of Military Force," Oona Hathaway, professor at Yale Law School, told NBC. "Targeting Iran clearly falls outside the scope of the current AUMF which only includes groups with ties to 9/11. Iran doesn't meet that test. It would be amazing if [the Trump administration tries] to make the claim this falls under the current AUMF. That would be stretching this AUMF way past its breaking point."

One administration official said that Trump’s Syria strategy has had four primary goals: defeating ISIS, preventing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from using chemical weapons, starting a political transition in Syria, and decreasing "Iranian malign influence in Syria so that it cannot threaten the region, to include ensuring the withdrawal of Iranian-backed forces from Syria."

The official added that "The United States will continue to seek to hold Assad accountable for his crimes. Pursuant to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, the administration will soon submit to Congress a strategy for Syria that reflects the president's key priorities."

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