In Syria, U.S. Military Says Fight Will Continue Against ISIS
Added 11-13-19 02:07:02pm EST - “Many U.S. special operators have been ordered out of Kurdish-controlled areas of Syria, but other troops have arrived to guard oil installations. The Pentagon says the mission is still to fight ISIS.” - Npr.org
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A new U.S. brigade combat team arrives in front of Bradley fighting vehicle at a base in Syria's Hasakah province. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption
A new U.S. brigade combat team arrives in front of Bradley fighting vehicle at a base in Syria's Hasakah province.
At a military base in Hasakah province in northeastern Syria, a speeding Bradley armored fighting vehicle churns up sand as it speeds past a TV camera, an American flag flying behind its turret.
The Bradley vehicle, airlifted in from Kuwait, was demonstrated for a small group of journalists, the first group of reporters taken by the U.S. military to Syria since President Trump announced late last month that he would leave troops there to protect oil installations.
The mechanized National Guard brigade combat team that's tasked with protecting infrastructure has been in Syria for a little over a week now, a key part of the U.S. military's repositioning of forces. While Pentagon officials will not put an exact figure on the number of troops expected to remain in Syria, they have said it will likely be a few hundred less than the roughly 1,000 troops deployed there before October.
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