Top American Military General Says 500-600 Troops Will Stay in Syria

U.S. military vehicle drives south of the northeastern city of Qamishli likely heading to the oil-rich Deir el Zour area where there are oil fields or possibly to another base nearby as it passes by a poste

U.S. military vehicle drives south of the northeastern city of Qamishli likely heading to the oil-rich Deir el Zour area where there are oil fields or possibly to another base nearby as it passes by a poste

Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told ABC News on Sunday that although President Donald Trump is withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria, "the objective will remain the same: the enduring defeat of ISIS". Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said that he believed Trump's policy would be "a complete and utter national security disaster in the making, and I hope President Trump will adjust his thinking". "Probably in the 500ish frame, maybe six". And unless pressure is maintained, unless attention is maintained on that group, then there is a very real possibility that conditions could be set for a reemergence of ISIS. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell commented that "a precipitous withdrawal of US forces from Syria would only benefit Russia, Iran, and the Assad regime".

CNN previously reported that weeks after President Donald Trump ordered troops out of northern Syria, publicly declaring he was taking "control" of the oil and sending troops and armored carriers to protect it from ISIS, US commanders had lacked clarity on the most basic aspects of their mission, including how and when troops can fire their weapons and what, exactly, that mission was.

A defense official with direct knowledge told CNN last week that U.S. forces in the Middle East had received updated orders from the Pentagon and Defense Secretary Mark Esper detailing their mission to "enable" the Syrian Democratic Forces to "maintain control" of oil fields in eastern Syria.

He said the USA already has " a considerable amount of information" on Baghdadi's replacement, whom he did not name. His decision locked hundreds of USA troops into a more complicated presence in Syria despite his pledge to bring them home.

"There will be less than 1,000 for sure", Gen. Mark Milley said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday, referring to the number when Trump announced the withdrawal last month.

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