USA vows to continue fighting IS in Syria

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 14, 2017

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis has said that the presence of the United States in Syria has been approved by the United Nations as Washington is engaged in the fight against Daesh (ISIS) terrorists.

"You know, the United Nations said that ISIS - basically we can go after ISIS", Mattis told reporters on Monday, answering a question about the legal grounds for the U.S. presence in Syria, as quoted by the Pentagon.

"We're not just going to walk away right now before the Geneva process has traction", he added.

Both US President Trump and Russian President Putin asserted that joint efforts will be made to stabilize Syria as its civil war wanes.

Mattis and spoke hopefully about additional areas in the future that might allow for more refugees to return home, said he believed the southwestern zone was working.

One key aim for Washington is to limit Iranian influence in Syria and Iraq, which expanded during the war with Islamic State. He did not comment specifically about any future zones.

Russia, which has a long-term military garrison in Syria, has said it wants foreign forces to quit the country eventually.

Turkey said on Monday the United States had 13 bases in Syria and Russian Federation had five. The U.S-backed Syrian YPG Kurdish militia has said Washington has established seven military bases in areas of northern Syria.

The leaders also reviewed ongoing US security assistance to Georgia's armed forces, including ongoing partnership to enhance combat readiness and institutional capacity via the Georgia Defense Readiness Program, White said.

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