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Top US General pays surprise visit to troops in Syria’s oil rich region

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US troops occupying the petroleum-rich region of northeastern Syria have gotten a surprise visit from America’s top-ranking general and a vote of confidence that their deployment is essential to keep Americans safe.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley made an unannounced stop at a US base in Syria on Saturday to review defenses against militant attacks and evaluate efforts to prevent a re-emergence by the Islamic State (formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorist group.

After the visit, he told reporters traveling with him that US troops and their local allies are progressing in ensuring that IS won’t rise again.

Asked whether the Syrian occupation is worth its risks, Milley said removing the troops would jeopardize the security of the US and its allies. “If you think that that’s important, then the answer is ‘Yes,’” he said.

 

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