An unnamed US official revealed to the Wall Street Journal on March 30 that US President Donald Trump had frozed more than $200 million in funds for recovery efforts in Syria. According to the official, Trump made the decision after reading a news report noting that the US had committed an additional amount of $200 million to support early recovery efforts in Syria.
Trump’s decision to freeze these founds is clearly linked to his March 29 statement, in which he promised to withdraw the US troops from Syria “very soon” and let “other people” handle the situation in the war-torn country.
Senior US officials confirmed to Reuters on March 30 that Trump had informed his advisers about his new stand on Syria.
The biggest loser of a US withdrawal from Syria will be the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The Kurdish-dominated force depends solely on US support to finance its military and civilian activities.
Experts argue that even small steps, like freezing the early recovery founds, will have a significant impact on the influence of the SDF in eastern Syria.