Pentagon: Four times as many U.S. troops in Syria than previously acknowledged

Pentagon: Four times as many US troops in Syria than previously acknowledged

Pentagon: Four times as many US troops in Syria than previously acknowledged

About 2,000 American troops are in Syria fighting the Islamic State, a Pentagon spokesman said on Wednesday, nearly four times the total previously disclosed as the Trump administration changes how troop numbers are publicly counted.

"In implementing this change, we seek to balance informing the American public with the imperative of operational security and denying the enemy any advantage", Pentagon spokesman Army Colonel Robert Manning said Wednesday. Manning said the U.S. presence in Syria is "conditions-based" to ensure that IS can't reclaim lost ground or plot attacks in the West.

The U.S. military plans to stay in Syria as long as necessary to ensure the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) does not return, a Pentagon official told AFP on December 5.

Officials also said the Donald Trump administration's mission in Syria, backed by a US-led coalition of 73 nations, won't be subject to pre-imposed timelines.

The Defense Department under Secretary Jim Mattis had promised to provide more accurate estimates of USA troops stationed overseas. Last week, about 400 Marines in an artillery unit - 1st Battalion, 10th Marines - that was carrying out strikes against the Islamic State in the city of Raqqa returned to the United States. It's not clear if that release and subsequent reports by Al-Monitor and other news outlets prompted the long-planned revision.

The U.S. military plans on staying in Syria as long as necessary to ensure the Islamic State group does not return, a Pentagon official told AFP on Tuesday, as the fight against the jihadists winds down.

According to the quarterly report of data Center of military resources of the Pentagon, as of September 30, 15298, the USA military was in Afghanistan, 8892 in 1720 in Iraq and Syria. The department had previously omitted forces on temporary rotation from the count, along with a number of other groups. The city once served as the de facto capital of the militant movement, but fell to the USA -led military coalition and its local partners in October. "Their collective action call into question their commitment to deal a lasting defeat to ISIS and other extremist groups".

The move bitterly angered USA commanders, who saw it as giving the Taliban a countdown on when they could resume operations in earnest. Speaking in California this weekend, White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster said that as much as 80% of pro-Assad forces in Syria are proxy forces controlled by Iran.

Photo Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in October in Washington. "We're going to go exactly along the lines of what the president announced".

Pahon said its troop commitment in Syria would be "conditions-based", meaning that no timeline will determine if and when the United States will pull out.

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