Pentagon spokesman Eric Bahon told AFP on Tuesday that the United States would retain a military presence in Syria for “as long as necessary”.
“We will keep our commitments, as long as necessary, to support our partners and prevent the return of terrorist groups”, Pahon said. The United States currently has around 2,000 soldiers on the ground in Syria, including special forces, supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces against the Islamic State organisation. Pahon said that the US troop commitments in Syria would be “condition-related”, meaning there was no timetable for when to withdraw.
“To ensure an enduring defeat of ISIS, the coalition must ensure it cannot regenerate, reclaim lost ground or plot external attacks”, he said.
“The United States will sustain a ‘conditions-based’ military presence in Syria to combat the threat of a terrorist-led insurgency, prevent the resurgence of ISIS, and to stabilise liberated areas.”