US Secretary of Defense James Mattis has explained his country’s decision not to withdraw troops from Syria during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, referring to increased Daesh offensives in the region.

“Right now we are not withdrawing [US troops from Syria],” Mattis told the Senate Armed Services Committee. “We are continuing the fight, we are going to expand it and bring in more regional support.”

According to the top US defense official, the United States will expand its anti-Daesh operation with the help of regional states.

Amid Trump’s statements concerning the mulled pullout of US troops, Defense Secretary James Mattis has previously outlined the possibility of terrorist groups regrouping in remote positions in Syria, saying to the US president that the withdrawal would reverse the progress achieved so far.

On March 3, US President Donald Trump announced his plans to pull the country’s troops out from Syria in the near-term, which was met with a conflicting reaction from the president’s special envoy to the US-led coalition, Brett McGurk, as well as incoming US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford, as well as a number of other officials.

Following the strong reaction from the officials, Trump decided to keep troops in Syria. However, according to a representative of his administration, “he wasn’t thrilled about it, to say the least”.

The United States has maintained a military presence in Syria since 2014, leading a coalition of allies in the fight against Daesh, without a UN mandate or authorization from the Syrian government. Damascus has consistently called the US military presence in the country “illegal.”

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Communication With Russia in Syria

Speaking about the communication line between Russian and US forces in Syria, Mattis noted that it has never been interrupted.

“Right now in Syria, we have an open and never interrupted deconfliction communication line that has worked pretty well to make certain we do not run afoul of one another’s forces or one another’s operations,” Mattis told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

The US and Russian military commanders set up deconfliction communication channels last year, aimed to avoid any accidents between their forces as both sides recaptured territory from Daesh along opposite sides of the Euphrates River. As part of these efforts, US and Russian forces maintain three telephone lines of communication — one for ground troops, another for air forces, and a third for senior commanders.

*Daesh, also known as ISIL/ISIS/IS, is a terrorist group banned in Russia and many other countries

Sanctions Against Allies

The US Secretary of Defense went on by speaking about a national security waiver that would exempt certain US allies including Vietnam and India from secondary sanctions when they conduct arms trade with Russia.

“There are nations in the world who are trying to turn away from formerly Russian-sourced weapons and systems. We only need to look at India, Vietnam and some others to recognize that eventually, we are going to parallelize ourselves. So what we ask for is the Senate and the House pass a national security waiver in the hand of the Secretary of State,” Mattis said.

Under the US Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, countries that conduct arms deals with Russia risk secondary sanctions. Some US allies including Vietnam and India have Russian-made weapons hardware that they want to modernize without risking sanction.

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Source: Sputnik

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Rudy Verbuyst

The US commandgroups in Syria should start bleading, but Mattis will remain the ” rear echelon motherföcker ” !

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Start digging at Arlington !

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l**o

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they gonna need a big asssss hole

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Or, why not heaving a fight ” Free Style between the Coalitionleaders and Putin, bring your tincans to be inboxed !

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Rudy Verbuyst

To be canned !

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George King

Progress achieved? “reverse the progress achieved so far”. Actually it appears the that the only progress is the soft underbelly of a school yard bully has been exposed and its fangs, defanged?

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Translation: Bibi ordered us to double down on blocking Shia Persia access to Palestine.

Goodbye Syria, thank you, your oil and water will soon be forever enjoyed by faux Yids.

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Abu bakr

Looooooool it’s the Shias who invites America and Russia and every country to middleast to make easier for Israel to expand are you serious or heavily retarded? Abadi is under trumps boots and Assad under Russia’s boots and both Russia and and America is biggest Zionist mutts playing good cop bad cop wake up you retard, why do you think they both fight mujahedin which is the most biggest threat to Israel??

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yes you are a true halfwit sand-negrow meathead for help partially proving my points while mindlessly slathering your momma’s feces all over your face. Ice cubes are more intellgent than you.

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Abu bakr

Yeah and you live in a cube while mother and sister taste thousands of men before they die, you need to check your head maybe you get world record for lowest iq ever, ppl like you are the cancer of this world along with Shias and their Zionist dads

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Abu bakr al Yahudi blew himself up with his own txt, LOL

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Blackhawk

Yep you are right I see the mujahideen always fighting Israel and getting weapons and medical help from them while they are at it. What a joke you are.

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Abu bakr the man of ISISrael… Good salary, no?

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As soon as Syria cleans out thelast pockets, then Syria will move East. The new anti aircraft systems may well be used to protect the advancing SAA. Mattis lies, the deconfliction lines have been shut down at times because of outrageous behavior of the US.

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They better hurry up then, the US has other plans for the east of Syria. They’ve got a build up of troops on the Jordanian border and more in the north of Syria all just waiting for something. The US base at Al-Tanf is going to be a sticking point too when the SAA finally start heading east, short of bombing it to kingdom come, I don’t know how the SAA or the Russians will be able to remove them from there. I’d vote for bombing them out if I could.

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So as long as ISIS remains in control of some areas in Syria, US military has justification to keep their troops in Syria. Let me guess ISIS is going to remain in control of few villages in Eastern Syria for long time…

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“Expand the fight”?
Why?
I thought Daesh was ‘nearly defeated’.

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Isis is very strong in Syria and Iraq it’s just your media hiding it coalition failed to defeat them not to mention Isis expansion in Egypt Afghanistan and Libya

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yeah all those chartered US choppers full of JewSIS operatives wisked out from D Ezzor and Raqqa, but boy from that to say you are strong is a huge distance, not being thanks to US protecting you in the desert and blackmailing the Iraquis to slow down your extermination you woulf be fertilizer long ago…

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gzman501 .

This is par for the yo yo style of foreign relations the US has fallen to. One lie after another. The US is so desperate it’s not funny. Now they have to bend over backwards to not offend ‘allies’. These idiots have decided to double down on their failed bullshit. It’s all they know to do. They won’t even admit to themselves that they’ve lost. Frigging morons.