Intel chief: Trump administration set to announce Syria troop decision

- April 04, 2018

The Trump administration has decided the future of the 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria and plans to announce its decision “shortly,” Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said Wednesday morning.

He didn't indicate what the decision was.

“All hands were on deck yesterday and discussed that subject and some decisions were made, but I can’t discuss” what those decisions were, Coats told reporters at a breakfast meeting, referring to deliberations at the White House following President Donald Trump’s remarks last week suggesting that U.S. forces would leave Syria “very soon.”

Asked directly whether a determination had been made on whether to pull forces out of Syria, Coats said, “Yes.”

Speaking Tuesday at the U.S. Institute of Peace, Brett McGurk, the senior official overseeing the diplomatic side of the fight against the Islamic State, said, “We’re in Syria to fight ISIS. That is our mission. Our mission isn’t over and we’re going to complete that mission.”


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