Friends of Syria

In this Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 file photo, a Russian soldier guards as a military helicopter flies over Palmyra, Syria
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Earlier, the envoy claimed that US troops would be staying in the Arab Republic until the “enduring defeat” of Daesh*. He also said that Bashar Assad should not govern the country in the future, noting, however, that it’s not the US’ job to oust him.

US Special Representative for Syria Engagement James Franklin Jeffrey said in a conference call with reporters that once Iran pulls its troops out of Syria and a political solution to the Arab state’s problems is found, all other foreign forces would be ready to leave, too.

At the same time, he underscored that it wouldn’t affect Russia, as it had military bases in Syria prior to the conflict, which broke out in 2011. Jeffrey explained that this is why the US has not included the withdrawal of Russian troops in its list…

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