Shaheen: Trump’s decision to withdraw from Syria dangerous

December 19, 2018 GMT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen says President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria is dangerous and premature.

Shaheen, a Democrat, said in a statement Wednesday she’s concerned that an ill-informed and hasty withdrawal of troops will not only “breathe new life” into ISIS and other terrorist groups, but also cede America’s hard-fought gains in the region to Russia, Iran, and Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Shaheen, a member of the Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees, visited Syria in July with a bipartisan congressional delegation. She met with military personnel to view the gains made by U.S. security forces and their partners, and the need for a comprehensive strategy to end the violence in the region and provide stabilization support.