USA: Tillerson vows US military will remain in Syria (video)


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Originally published at: USA: Tillerson vows US military will remain in Syria (video)

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 A.M.) - The US military will remain in Syria until the so-called Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) is totally defeated vowed US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during a speech at Stanford University on Wednesday.

Tillerson stressed, “We cannot make the same mistakes that were made in 2011 when our premature departure from Iraq allowed Al-Qaeda in Iraq to survive and eventually morph into ISIS.”

He added that US’ new strategy will also include greater diplomatic efforts “characterised by stabilisation initiatives and a new emphasis on the political solution to the Syrian conflict.”