Bolton Backtracks on Trump’s Plan for Syria Withdrawal

U.S. troops will not leave northeastern Syria until Islamic State militants are defeated and American-allied Kurdish fighters are protected, national security adviser John Bolton said Sunday, indicating a pause to a withdrawal abruptly announced last month and initially expected to be completed within weeks.

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US Ally in Syria Says Pullout Will Aid IS, Cause Instability

The United States’ main ally in Syria on Thursday categorically rejected President Donald Trump’s claim that Islamic State group militants have been defeated and warned that the withdrawal of American troops before accomplishing that goal would lead to a resurgence of the extremist group.

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