WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a recent report, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy stressed the need for the Biden Administration to strengthen the U.S. presence in North and East Syria.
The Institute believes that the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden should clarify its intentions and strengthen its presence in North and East Syria because the region is of strategic importance and there is a need to increase stability, security, and economic development.
The report argued that North and East Syria is a bulwark against the Turkish-backed extremist groups, pro-Iranian groups, and Islamic State (ISIS). Washington has repeatedly endangered its influence in the region, said the Institute, especially when it announced the U.S. forces withdrawal from the region and allowed Turkey to invade the region.
The report warned that if the Biden Administration fails to indicate its confidence in the local authorities, it risks losing the gains achieved against ISIS, the Assad regime, and Russia.
It also stressed that the U.S. needs to prioritize increasing the State Department’s staff working in North and East Syria.
The Washington Institute also called for reducing sanctions imposed on companies seeking to operate in the region, as well as increase domestic and international support to achieve stability.