U.S. Says It Will Stay in Syria until Jihadists Defeated, Demands Iran Leave

(AP-New York Times) U.S. special representative for Syria, James Jeffrey, said in Washington Thursday, "We're no longer pulling out [of Syria] by the end of the year; we're going to stay in until we have an enduring defeat of (the Islamic State)." The other pillar of U.S. policy was the complete withdrawal of all Iranian-commanded forces from Syrian territory, he said. The U.S. Treasury Department announced Thursday it was imposing sanctions on four individuals and five companies that have facilitated weapons or fuel transfers, or provided other financial or material support, to the Assad government. "The United States will continue to target those who facilitate transactions with the murderous Assad regime and support ISIS," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

2018-09-07 00:00:00

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