A spokesman for the US-led coalition purportedly fighting Daesh says American forces will stay in Iraq “as long as needed,” amid reports that the terrorist organization is making a comeback in Iraq and neighboring Syria.
“We’ll keep troops there as long as we think they’re needed … The main reason, after ISIS is defeated militarily is the stabilization efforts and we still need to be there for that, so that’s one of the reasons we’ll maintain a presence,” Colonel Sean Ryan told a news conference in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
In recent months, US President Donald Trump has repeatedly touted his administration’s success in defeating Daesh and destroying its so-called caliphate in Iraq and Syria.
Trump, who ran for office pledging to end the US military engagements overseas, has dispatched hundreds of additional troops to Iraq and put them closer to the front lines with more freedom to bomb targets.
Coalition officials have…