Outgoing Syria Envoy: We Were Always Playing “Shell Games So to Not Make Clear to Leadership How Many Troops We Had There”

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Outgoing U.S. Envoy to Syria Jim Jeffrey revealed last week the Pentagon often hid the true number of troops in Syria from political leadership.

“We were always playing shell games to not make clear to our leadership how many troops we had there,” Jeffrey told Defense One. Jeffrey described the actual number of troops in Syria as “a lot more than” the roughly two hundred troops Trump agreed to leave there in 2019.

Four years ago, Jeffrey also signed a “Never Trump” letter condemning then-candidate Donald Trump as a danger to America. Jeffrey now recommends Joe Biden (should he be inaugurated as president) adopt Trump’s foreign policy posture in the Middle East.

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