Trump gives Pentagon power to decide about US troops limits in Iraq, Syria

US President Donald Trump has given the Pentagon authority to decide about limits to American forces in Iraq and Syria.

The Pentagon affirmed Wednesday that it has not made any changes to what Reuters described as “a confusing system of troop limits” in the war-ravaged countries.

The Pentagon also asserted that the United States’ stated priority of fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorists has not shifted.

“But the shift on troop limits was another sign of the greater authority Trump appears comfortable giving his military commanders to make battlefield decisions and could allow for more rapid increases in troop levels in the future,” said the news agency in its report.

Now Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is the one that should make decisions about the so-called Force Management Level, according to Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White.

US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis (C), arrives in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, on February 20, 2017.  (Photo by…

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