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Syria fully liberated from ISIS

Syria fully liberated from ISIS

USA forces in Syria and Iraq are "trending downward", he added, without specifying whether the 2,000 troops in Syria included the 400 Marine artillerymen that the Pentagon announced last week would soon leave the country.

Military officials said that the 2,000 personnel in Syria represented something of a high-water mark as the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria winds down.

"The United States will sustain a "conditions-based" military presence in Syria to combat the threat of a terrorist-led insurgency, prevent the resurgence of ISIS, and to stabilise liberated areas".

Pentagon spokesman Army Colonel Rob Manning, who announced the new number, said that troop numbers are now declining in Syria.

Manning also said Wednesday that the United States has about 5,200 troops in Iraq, essentially the same force size as the Pentagon acknowledged under Obama.

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"We're changing the composition of our forces to something that supports the diplomats and the Geneva process", Mattis told reporters while en route to meetings in Egypt.

About 2,000 American troops are in Syria fighting the Islamic State, a Pentagon spokesman said on Wednesday, nearly four times the total previously disclosed as the Trump administration changes how troop numbers are publicly counted.

"As the coalition stops offensive (operations), then, obviously, you don't need that, you need security - you need police forces".

However, the Russian Ministry of Defense said Monday that it had begun working with Arab and Kurdish groups operating east of the Euphrates River, an area of operations for the U.S. advisers and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, highlighting an increasingly complex battle space.

"ISIS left a minefield when they started walking out", he said.


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