UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) –US troops do not intend to return to the Syrian-Turkish border, said US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper.
“At the moment, I see no way for us to return to the border,” Esper said in response to a related question at a hearing in the House of Representatives.
According to him, the Pentagon is still focused on ensuring the defeat of the Islamic State terrorist group in eastern Syria.
Of all the Syrian regions, Esper called Idlib the most problematic, saying that there are different sides of the conflict.
The U.S. Secretary of Defense was also asked if the U.S. military was planning to take part in the internal war.
“There was no talk about participating in the Syrian civil war. We think the best way forward is the ongoing political process,” Esper said.
The United States in the fall of 2019 withdrew its troops from the Syrian-Turkish border against the backdrop of Turkey’s military operation against the Syrian Kurds. As a result, Turkey created a buffer zone in Syria, which was previously occupied by the US military.
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