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Trump agrees to keep U.S. troops in Syria a "little longer," but wants out


President Donald Trump agreed in a National Security Council meeting on Tuesday to keep U.S. troops in Syria a little longer but wants them out relatively soon, a senior administration official said on Wednesday, APA reported citing Reuters.

 

Trump did not approve a specific withdrawal timetable, the official said. He wants to ensure Islamic State militants are defeated but wants other countries in the region and the United Nations to step up and help provide stability in Syria, the official said.

 

“We’re not going to immediately withdraw but neither is the president willing to back a long-term commitment,” the official said.

 

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he wanted to “get out” of Syria but offered no timetable.

 

At the same time, Trump’s advisers warned of the hard work left to defeat Islamic State and stabilize areas recaptured from the hardline militant group.

 

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