About 400 U.S. military men will remain in Syria after the planned withdrawal of the U.S. military contingent from this country in spring, This is reported by Reuters, citing a senior U.S. administration official.
According to the source, 200 U.S. military will remain in the north-east of Syria as a peacekeeping mission. Another part will be located near the border with Iraq and Jordan in the At-Tanf security zone declared by the U.S. Now about 2 000 U.S. troops are stationed in Syria.
In addition, Washington expects that from 800 to 1,500 troops from European allied countries will remain in the security zone in northeastern Syria. Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States, is in talks with the Europeans.
We recall that in December 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of troops from Syria. After that, an international coalition led by the United States concentrated on attacking the last stronghold of ISIS - the Syrian city of Baguz.
According to the Western coalition, the Islamic State now controls about 1% of the territory in Iraq and Syria. At the same time, radical militants continue to hold a number of territories in Afghanistan, Libya, Sinai, and West Africa.