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US forces deployed in Syria will remain in the country after Daesh defeat (outlawed in Russia) to ensure the terror group does not reemerge and proceed with a political resolution of the conflict, Central Command (CENTCOM) commander Gen. Joseph Votel said in a congressional testimony on Tuesday.

“When we have completed our mission here in Syria, it involves not only kicking ISIS [Daesh] out of the areas which they occupied, but also includes consolidation of gains and the stability that allows us to move forward with a political resolution,” Votel told the US House of Representatives Armed Services Committee.

Votel confirmed that the reason for the US military being in Syria is to defeat Daesh.

“The principal thing will be to ensure that ISIS [Daesh] does not reemerge.”

The CENTCOM commander explained that moving forward, the US military will continue to support partners on the ground to ensure that liberated areas are stabilized and that displaced people and humanitarian aid organizations return.

“And this is about creating a security environment that allows that and provides the time for our diplomats to pursue the solution that we are seeking through the United Nations in Syria,” Votel said.

When asked about the legal justification for the US military to be in Syria after Daesh is defeated, Votel said it is a fact the terror group is still present in the country and the US military is dealing with it.

“With regard to your question on the legal authority, again, I would cite the principal legal authority here was self-defense of Iraq in terms of this and the unwillingness and inability of the Syrian regime to address this particular threat that posed a threat to not just the country of Syria and Iraq, but to a broader group of countries around the world,” Votel said.

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Currently, nearly 2,000 US troops are operating in Syria despite the fact that neither the Syrian government nor the UN Security Council has authorized their presence in the country.

Source: Sputnik

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The US-led coalition conducting ‘defensive’ strikes against any force that tries to attack ISIS seems counterproductive to the goal of seeing them not reemerge. In fact, to the casual observer, it looks like the US-led coalition is doing everything in their power to preserve ISIS.

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Well, it looks like this guy eat PEYOTE and Hallucinogen Mushroom the whole day and the whole year.

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I had those Mushrooms once , they were c**p.

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I have not read such a BS in years. GTFO of Syria!

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You misread it – they forgot to say that the Yanks can stay in coffins.

Ignore it, they are going.

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“and the unwillingness and inability of the Syrian regime to address this particular threat that posed a threat to not just the country of Syria and Iraq, but to a broader group of countries around the world,” just listen to these criminals who brought these terrorirts into syria now blaming the gov of not handling it and this justifies there ilegal presence,,the audacity of these warmongers never cease to amaze

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Tillerson / ex-CO of ExxonMobil said: The US will stay in the oil rich areas of east Syria until the last drop of oil, natural gas and Assad have gone. That is what we came for.

WE, the US, have started a new phase of colonising resources – we are to defend the freedom, security and interests of the US where we can find rich mineral deposits like Afghanistan, essential global transport routes like in Yemen or oil. Irony. LOL.

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Only kids playing Xbox games can have this kind of childish mentality to think it is even remotely possibly Assad and allies which are far more powerful in ME to allow an enemy just grab their land just using their childish mouths.

No way. Even Houthis can evict them no problem