Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

National Audio 5:05 PM ET

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NAT152 - (US-United-States-Syria) WASHINGTON. x-12s. A senior administration official says U-S President Donald Trump's recent decision authorizing about 200 U-S troops to remain in Syria is a key step in creating a larger multinational observer force in northeast Syria. Trump in December had announced he was pulling all two-thousand U-S troops from Syria, but European allies insisted on some U-S forces remaining on the ground. Speaking to reporters today, Trump says keeping some troops in Syria does not mean he's changing course. ("..per cent defeated.") (SOURCE:The Associated Press)

TAG: The observer force would remain in the area indefinitely to prevent clashes between U-S's Kurdish allies and Turkish troops and to minimize the risk of a resurgence of the Islamic State group. …

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