The U.S. military is training Kurdish recruits in Syria near the Turkish border as part of a planned force of 30,000 to secure Syria’s borders with Turkey and Iraq.
Arms supplied by the United States to Syrian rebels under the Obama administration were regularly captured by the Islamic State and used against American-led coalition forces, according to an international arms monitoring group.
A spokesman for the Department of Defense said on Tuesday that the U.S. military will remain in Syria as long as necessary to ensure the Islamic State does not return.
President Donald Trump spoke on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin for over an hour on Tuesday in a wide-ranging conversation that included discussions of the ongoing conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, as well as North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile programs.
Top Israeli officials have expressed concern over the ceasefire deal in southern Syria recently brokered by the United States, Russia, and Jordan, arguing the pact fails to constrain Iran’s presence in the war-torn country.
The Russian Defense Ministry on Tuesday accused U.S. military forces of cooperating with the Islamic State against Syrian troops, but its evidence was a screenshot from a video game.
A large, bipartisan delegation of lawmakers warned the Trump administration on Tuesday that its regional policies are laying the groundwork for Iran to takeover Syria, according to a letter sent to the State Department that urged the administration to present Congress with a plan for combating the Islamic Republic’s foothold in the war torn country.