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United States will not leave Syria after Daesh, SDF spokesman says

United States will not leave Syria after Daesh, SDF spokesman says”

USA -backed Kurdish forces in Syria - who are among Washington's most important and powerful regional allies - told Reuters Thursday that the us military will remain in northern Syria "for decades to come".

The United States has a strategic interest in staying, the SDF spokesman told Reuters.

"We are therefore urging the coalition, the SDF whom we can deal with to allow as [many] as they can people to escape and come out, and to avoid civilian casualties of which there have been many", Egeland told a briefing.

Ankara has long suspected U.S. support for YPG forces in northern Syria had political aims of Kurdish autonomy in the region.

Adviser to the United Nations special envoy for Syria on humanitarian issues Jan Egeland called on Thursday on the US-led coalition and the Syrian Democratic Forces [SDF] fighters to let civilians leave the part of Raqqa occupied by the Daesh militant group (banned in Russia) and to avoid civilian casualties "of which there have been many". The US has supported the YPG within the SDF with air strikes, artillery, and special forces on the ground.

Read the whole story from Reuters.

Washington has supported the YPG, a homegrown defense force in the Kurdish area of Syria, with equipment and airstrikes.

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Despite civilian casualties, the US military looks set to continue expanding its presence in the region and SDF sources claim President Trump's troops have already established 7 military bases on Kurdish soil including a major base near Kobani.

Asked about long-term strategy, Col. Ryan Dillon, spokesman for the coalition, referred Reuters to the Pentagon. He said there was "still a lot of fighting to do, even after ISIS [Daesh] has been defeated in Raqqa".

He later added that the terror group remained in strongholds along the Euphrates River valley including Deir al-Zor province southeast of Raqqa.

He suggested northern Syria could become a new base for USA forces in the region.

"Our mission.is to defeat [Daesh] in designated areas of Iraq and Syria and to set conditions for follow-on operations to increase regional stability", Dillon said, without elaborating.

"The Americans have strategic interests here after the end of Daesh", Silo said, using the Arabic pejorative term for IS. America is not providing all this support for free.

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