US not leaving Syria yet, CENTCOM commander Votel says

U.S. President Donald Trump reiterated Tuesday the United States will soon withdraw its troops from Syria, shortly after General Joseph Votel, the commander of the U.S. Central Command which coordinates anti-Daesh operations in Iraq and Syria, implied the U.S. would not yet leave Syria, saying that there “are still some areas where Daesh terrorists are present.”

Contradicting to U.S. President Donald Trump’s pervious statement, in which he said that U.S. would withdraw troops from Syria “very soon,” Gen. Votel said that the U.S. will have to continue operations in the area.

“The Hard part is in front of us, stabilizing these areas, consolidating gains, getting people back into homes, addressing long term issues of reconstruction,” Votel said, who was attending an event at the U.S. Institute of Peace.


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