Monday, December 11, 2017

Pentagon skeptical about Russia's Syria pullout claims: U.S. priorities in Syria not affected

U.S. priorities in Syria not affected
The Pentagon Monday voiced skepticism about Russian President Vladimir Putin's announcement that he had ordered the partial withdrawal of troops from Syria.

Putin visited the war-torn nation Monday and said a "significant part" of the Russian troop contingent in Syria is heading home after their mission had been largely completed.

But Pentagon spokesman Maj. Adrian Rankine-Galloway said such declarations were not necessarily reflected by action.

"Russian comments about removal of their forces do not often correspond with actual troop reductions, and do not affect U.S. priorities in Syria," he said.
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  1. A representative of the Pentagon and the press office of the US-led coalition have commented on the Russian troops' withdrawal from Syria announced by President Putin earlier in the day, while visiting the Hmeymim airbase in Latakia.

    “We will continue to deconflict operations with Russia as long as it is necessary to achieve our mission to defeat Daesh,” Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve's press office told Sputnik.

    According to the coalition's press office, more fighting will have to take place to eliminate the remaining pockets of Daesh terrorists in the Middle Euphrates River Valley, while hard work remains to be done to ensure their lasting defeat in the region.

    “The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) will continue operations to clear the northern and eastern sides of the Euphrates River,” the coalition stated.


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