DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:30 P.M.) – Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday that he doubted the reliability of reports which suggest that the United States intends to keep its forces on the ground in Syria once the Islamic State has been defeated.
When asked about an article by the Washington Post on the matter, Dmitry Peskov said: “We know nothing about their sources, we know nothing about the reliability of this information.”
Since day one of its military intervention in 2014, the US-led coalition has repeatedly insisted its presence in Syria solely resolves around eliminating ISIS self-declared caliphate.
Given the current rate of advances, the Islamic State mainland territory between Iraq and Syria is expected to be fully liberated within a month; effectively, Washington is expected to withdraw its forces soon.
Since 2016, the US-led coalition has primarily been supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish-led militia, through military advisors and airstrikes on ISIS targets. If the US pulls out its forces, the SDF will be significantly weakened both politically and militarily.