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Mattis: US Troops Can’t Leave Syria Until UN Peace Talks Advance

“In March, President Donald Trump said that ‘very soon’ he would bring U.S. troops home from Syria. Today, his defense secretary suggested any such drawdown remains far off. In a rare Pentagon press conference, James Mattis said a drawdown must wait for more diplomatic progress toward a United Nations-negotiated peace in Geneva that deposes Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. Yet Assad continues to consolidate his power against a dwindling rebel movement, aided by Russia and Iran, even as pockets of ISIS fighters stand their ground.”

Source: Mattis: US Troops Can’t Leave Syria Until UN Peace Talks Advance – Defense One

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