Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says the Middle East would be safer if the US had not “made a mess” by attacking Iraq and Libya.
Trump has likened Washington’s current approach to the Syrian conflict to the same failed policies and predicted that the result would be “the same thing.” While addressing a crowd of some 1,500 in Franklin, Tennessee, the reality TV star said there were “no terrorists in Iraq” during Saddam’s “vicious” rule. He also blamed the White House for the emergence of Daesh terrorists in Iraq, calling them “the leftovers that didn't get taken care of.”
The US and its regional allies, including Turkey and Saudi Arabia, have been backing militants fighting the Syrian government. Already 12 million Syrians have been displaced by the conflict, now in its fifth year. The administration of President Barack Obama has announced the military training scheme last year and the Pentagon was granted USD 500 million for the plan in 2015. Washington's stated goal is to train 15,000 armed militants in three years.