US troops pulled from Syria will be sent to Iraq to fight ISIS: defense secretary
Added 10-20-19 09:18:03am EST - “US troops being pulled out of Syria will be deployed to western Iraq where they will battle Islamic State terrorists, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Sunday. He did not rule out the idea that ?” - Nypost.com
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US troops being pulled out of Syria will be deployed to western Iraq where they will battle Islamic State terrorists, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Sunday.
He did not rule out the idea that the forces would conduct counterterrorism operations from Iraq into Syria, but said that would be worked out in time.
“One is to help defend Iraq and two is to perform a counter-ISIS mission as we sort through the next steps,” Esper told reporters as he traveled to the Middle East, the Associated Press reported. “Things could change between now and whenever we complete the withdrawal, but that’s the game plan right now.”
He said the withdrawal of the troops from northern Syria where they had been leading Kurdish fighters against ISIS will take “weeks not days” and will take place by way of aircraft and ground convoys.
President Trump announced earlier this month that he was pulling all 1,000 troops out of Syria as he tries to extricate US forces from “endless wars” and to bring military personnel home.
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