US rejects SDF statement: No intention to stay in post-IS Syria

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US rejects SDF statement: No intention to stay in post-IS Syria

(BasNews) The United States has no intention to stay in Syria after the final defeat is brought to Islamic State (IS) in the country, said State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert.

“Our overall mission is to defeat ISIS, whether it’s in Iraq or in Syria. That is our intent — to defeat ISIS and not do anything more than that,” Nauert told reporters on Friday, using another acronym for the Islamic State.

The statement was made in response to the remarks made by Talal Silo, a spokesperson for the Syrian Democratic Forces, who had told Reuters earlier that the US army in Syria, especially in the northern Kurdish areas, are expected to stay for decades even following the defeat of IS.

“They have a strategy policy for decades to come. There will be military, economic and political agreements in the long term between the leadership of the northern areas (of Syria) … and the U.S. administration,” Silo said.

“We want Syria governed by Syrians, not by the United States, not by any other forces, but by Syrians,” Nauert pointed out during Friday’s press briefing.

The SDF, an alliance of Kurds and Arabs, are the main US partners in the war against IS in Syria currently leading a battle to recapture Raqqa, the self-proclaimed capital city of IS.

 

Source  :  Syria News media

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