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PublishDate: Monday, July 16, 2018 23:17

Bolton: US to stay in Syria as long as Iran is there

Bolton: US to stay in Syria as long as Iran is there
US National Security Adviser John Bolton says Washington has no plans to end its military presence in Syria, signaling an about-face in President Donald Trump’s plans to pull out troops from the Arab country. 
AVA- Trump announced in April that he was going to withdraw American forces from Syria, saying their declared mission had come to an end after the defeat of the Daesh terror group.
Bolton, however, told ABC News on Sunday that the US was not going anywhere as long as Iran remained in Syria. 
“I think the president has made it clear that we are there until the ISIS territorial caliphate is removed and as long as the Iranian menace continues throughout the Middle East,” Bolton said, using another name for Daesh.
The former US envoy to the UN said Trump is going to discuss the matter with Russian President Vladimir Putin once they meet in the Finnish capital of Helsinki on Monday.
A US intelligence report viewed by American media, however, said Putin was expected to ask Trump to deliver on his promise and indeed pull out of Syria.
The US has established bases in eastern Syria, where they are believed to be training anti-Assad militiamen. Washington has warned Moscow and Damascus against approaching areas under its control.
Syrian troops have now turned their attention to the last province bordering the Golan Heights which is occupied by Zionist regime. On Sunday, they took back the first village in the strategic southwestern Quneitra Province.   
Netanyahu is worried by the presence of Iranian military advisers whose help has been crucial to the Syrian army advances.


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