I’m Brian Wiklendt, lead counsel for Garfinkel Schwartz, a Defense Base Act Law firm located in Maitland, Florida, with offices in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
2018 Civilian Contractors Update on Syria
We recommend you look at the Global Conflict Tracker website online. Of course you can call us to ask questions about countries you’re traveling to, and we’ll do our best to get you answers.
As of January 18, 2018, the Global Conflict Tracker reports there are 1,000 U.S. troops in Syria which continues to be a very violent and complex conflict.
3-to-1 Ratio Contractors to Troops
We’ve mentioned before that based on information from our clients, it’s safe to say there’s a more than a 3-to-1 ratio generally in the number of overseas civilian contractors vs. military troops.
We know from talking with our clients that there is a very high demand for our civilian contractors around the world and overseas in high risk danger zones.
Why is the U.S in Syria? Ultimately, it’s because of the many world parties involved in the war surrounding control of the country. Everyone has their hand in the pot.
Today, January 18, 2018, The BBC and CNN reported that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the US “will maintain an open-ended military presence in Syria to ensure the enduring defeat of the jihadist group Islamic State, counter Iranian influence, and help end the civil war.”
How Long Will U.S. Stay in Syria?
How Long Will U.S. Stay in Syria? Tillerson said President Donald Trump did not want to “make the same mistakes” that were made in 2011, when U.S. forces left Iraq. Tillerson said: “ISIS and al Qaeda must “suffer an enduring defeat.”
Tillerson said that the underlying conflict between the Syrian people and the Assad regime will only be considered resolved through a UN-led political process prescribed in UN Security Council Resolution for a stable, unified, independent Syria, under post-Assad leadership, is functioning as a state.”
Syria is led by president Bashar al-Assad. Syria is important militarily because of its location to Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, Iran and Iraq.
The Middle East is the world’s leading source of oil production and Syria is located in a key point of foreign contention.
There are many, many countries involved in Syria’s ALMOST seven-year civil war.
As of January 16, 2018, according to the Associated Press, Iran has joined countries fighting against U.S-backed Syrian forces.
How Many Troops in Syria?
There are 30,000 troops that Iran has joined including Russia, Turkey and the Syrian government.
These countries are fighting against the U.S.–which is fighting ISIS and multiple sides – religious, tribal and others – who have fought for control of Syria.
Initially the civil war began as a protest against the Syrian government in 2011.
The root of the Syrian civil war is over claims of high unemployment and poverty corruption and oppression caused by the government led by al-Assad and his excessive government control over elections.
On the opposite side is Iran’s rival Saudi Arabia believed to be supporting the Sunni-based rebels who are fighting against Assad’s government. Aleppo is a predominantly Sunni-populated city.
Another two parties are involved: Turkey which supports the rebels fighting vs. Assad’s government. But Turkey is opposed to the U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters who are battling ISIS & ISIL believing that some of the Kurds are members of a banned Turkish political party.
The U.S. does NOT support Assad and so now there are increased tensions between the U.S. and Russia, though both want to defeat ISIS & ISIL forces.
The U.S. has been concerned about the 5.3 million refugees that left Syria is unsure how the complex conflict will end
No matter where you travel in the world, if you’re a civilian contractor talk with an experienced Defense Base Act Law attorney before you go overseas.
At Garfinkel Schwartz, we want and expect the best. But, please, plan ahead.
Talk with us before you go, or talk to any Defense Base attorney. There’s never a charge and you don’t pay a dime under any circumstance. The Defense Base Act Law pays for your legal fees.