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Two British soldiers sustain serious injuries due to ISIS attack in Syria

The attack was reportedly performed in Deir ez-Zor province in eastern Syria
13:15, 6 January 2019
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Two British soldiers sustained serious injuries as a result of the attack of the ‘Islamic State’ militants, reports BBC. 

Social media report said the two British soldiers were hit by a missile near the town of Deir al-Zour. 

On December 19, the U.S. President Donald Trump stated the U.S. forces are to leave Syria. He explained that the Islamic State was defeated and the U.S. completed its mission in Syria.   

Related: U.S. troops stay in southern Syria for indefinite period, - NBC

On December 20, Trump claimed that the United States Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis is retiring in late February. In his letter of resignation, Mattis said that he left due to disagreements with Donald Trump, and also because of the withdrawal of the U.S. forces from Syria.  

Americal officials claim that the withdrawal of more than 2,000 troops will take from 60 to 100 days. Most of the U.S. military bases in Syria are located in the north, in the areas controlled by Kurdish militia who actively cooperated with the United States in the fight against the Islamists.  

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Turkey considers the Kurdish paramilitary forces in Syria their enemies and prepares an operation against them by bringing the military equipment to the border. Invasion of the Turks may start when America leaves.   

The United States of America started the military operation against the Islamic State in Iraq in June 2014, and in Syria in September 2014.

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