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Topic - John M. Keane
Syrian President Bashar Assad's anti-U.S. strategy during the 2003-11 Iraq War has come back to bite him.
President Obama's decision to pull all U.S. forces out of Iraq by Dec. 31 is an "absolute disaster" that puts the burgeoning Arab democracy at risk of an Iranian "strangling," said an architect of the 2007 troop surge that turned around a losing war.
"Syria intelligence services facilitated the movement of al Qaeda fighters from Damascus airport to the eastern border of Syria," he said.
"Al Qaeda fighters who are back in Syria, I am confident, they are relying on much they learned in moving through Syria into Iraq for more than five years when they were waging war against the U.S. and Iraq Security Assistance Force," said retired Army Gen. John M. Keane, an adviser to commanders in Iraq.