US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says American military forces will remain in Syria until Daesh terrorists are defeated, in what seems to be yet another sign of disagreement in Washington over President Donald Trump’s order to evacuate the Arab country.
Trump’s surprise announcement in December triggered a huge backlash both in and out of the US, prompting then Defense Secretary James Mattis to quit.
The opponents of the decision argued that leaving the years-long Syrian conflict amounts to a victory for Iran and Russia, who have helped the Syrian government purge foreign-backed militants from most parts of the country.
“And so in Syria, President Trump has made a tactical decision,” Pompeo told Fox News on Wednesday.
“We’re going to withdraw our 2,000 uniformed military personnel from that country, but make no mistake about it: the defeat of the caliphate, the ISIS caliphate in Syria, is almost complete. We’re going to…