Tillerson Says U.S. Troops to Stay in Syria Beyond Battle With ISIS

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Syrians walked through a neighborhood destroyed in the fight against the Islamic State in the northern city of Raqqa this month.

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WASHINGTON — American troops will remain in Syria long after their fight against the Islamic State to ensure that neither Iran nor President Bashar al-Assad of Syria take over areas that have been newly liberated with help from the United States, Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson said on Wednesday.

Staying in Syria, Mr. Tillerson said, will help ensure that the Trump administration does not repeat what he described as the mistakes of former President Barack Obama, who withdrew troops from…

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