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US military refuses to withdraw from Syria until UN settlement

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November 14, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos

The US military will not leave Syria until the Syrian settlement process in Geneva brings success, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday.

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“We’re not just going to walk away right now before the Geneva process has cracked. That doesn’t mean everyone stays there. That doesn’t mean for certain — certain troops are leaving ” . Mattis said

“I’m just saying that we’re going to condition — and I’ve honestly not made those decisions. We’re going to make sure we set the conditions for a diplomatic solution… Not just, you know, fight the cop part of it and then say good luck on the rest of it. We did it for that — to support the diplomatic solution,” Mattis added .

The US leads a coalition that has conducted airstrikes against ISIS and Syrian government forces.

They are also the leading backers of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.

The US also supplies weapons to leading terrorist organisations operating in Syria.

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