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US weighs complete withdrawal of troops from Syria - US officials

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US troops in Syria

The United States is considering a total withdrawal of US forces from Syria as it nears the end of its campaign to retake all of the territory once held by ISIS, Reuters reported citing US officials on Wednesday.


The decision, if confirmed, would upend assumptions about a longer-term US military presence in Syria, which US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and other senior US officials had advocated to help ensure Islamic State cannot reemerge. 

 

Russia said on Wednesday that the presence of US forces in Syria was becoming a dangerous obstacle to finding a peace settlement and accused Washington of keeping its forces there illegally.

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