The U.S. military has said it has no plans to change its mission to defeat the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) in Syria despite Iran’s new defense deal with Damascus that is designed to bolster ties between Washington’s two foes there. “The mission of U.S. Forces in Syria today remains the same as it was when they first began operations in 2014: to enable the enduring defeat of ISIS,” Pentagon spokesperson Navy Commander Jessica L. McNulty told Newsweek. “U.S. service members will continue to execute the Defeat ISIS mission in Syria, working in conjunction with vetted local forces in northeast Syria and around At Tanf Garrison.” Her comments come after Iranian Major General Mohammad Bagheri, Revolutionary Guard commander and chief of staff of the Islamic Republic’s armed forces, touted the new deal this week that would strengthen Syria’s air defense systems. The deal is expected to boost bilateral ties between two countries united in their fight against the Islamic State militant group and in their opposition to U.S. intervention in the region. “The peoples and countries of the region do not welcome the American presence, and our strong responses to American hostilities continue,” Bagheri said during a Wednesday meeting with… Read full this story
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