30 Apr '18, 11pm

Mattis Says US Troops Will Remain in Syria, Afghanistan for Long Haul

Mattis Says US Troops Will Remain in Syria, Afghanistan for Long Haul

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday that U.S. troops are in Syria and Afghanistan for the long haul to leverage a diplomatic solution to the ongoing conflicts in both countries. At an off-camera session with Pentagon reporters, Mattis strongly suggested that President Donald Trump had put aside his initial impulse for quick withdrawals and would maintain an indefinite presence of U.S. ground troops in Syria and Afghanistan. In Syria, "We do not want to simply pull out before the diplomats have won the peace," Mattis said. "You win the fight, and then you win the peace.” Mattis did not minimize the difficulties of negotiating peace among numerous warring factions in Syria. "This is the most complex security situation, fighting situation, whatever you want to call it, that I've experienced in four decades of government service," he said. "So we're still working it." Mat...

Full article: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2018/04/30/mattis-say...

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