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US forces in Syria will continue to counter Daesh operations with its partners and further maintain its existing mission to protect oil fields there from the terror group, Secretary of Defence Mark Esper said during a press conference.
Axar.az reports citing Sputnik.
"Our mission remains what it was in 2014 to (ensure) the continuing defeat of ISIS. US troops will remain positioned in the strategic area to deny ISIS access to [oil]… The United States will remain focused to defeat the ISIS coalition", Esper told reporters.
Esper said he expected at the end of the day there would be fewer US troops stationed in Syria than
before, indicating that he did not expect to deploy more troops in that country despite their continuing mission to secure the oil fields that had previously been used by Daesh to fund its terror.
Baghdadi's death would not rid the world of terrorism, but it would send a warning to terrorists who thought they could hide from the reach of the US armed forces, Esper said.
2019.10.29 / 09:04