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US Denies Report About Leaving Nearly 1,000 Troops in Syria

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US Denies Report About Leaving Nearly 1,000 Troops in Syria

US Denies Report About Leaving Nearly 1,000 Troops in Syria

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Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called The Wall Street Journal's reporting "factually incorrect."

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US Denies Report About Leaving Nearly 1,000 Troops in Syria

The U.S.'s highest-ranking military officer is  refuting a report  that says the Trump administration is planning to keep almost 1,000 troops in Syria.

On Sunday, Gen.

Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called The Wall Street Journal's reporting  "factually incorrect." He noted that no changes have been made to the administration's plan to withdraw almost all U.S. military forces in Syria.

The White House said in February that it'll leave  about 200 troops  in the country for "peacekeeping" reasons.

Back in December, the Trump administration announced its plans to remove all of the roughly 2,000 U.S. troops that were stationed in Syria.

The U.S.-led military coalition in Syria  began that withdrawal process  in January by moving some equipment out of the area.

The decision wasn't exactly popular with defense officials.

It's at least part of what prompted former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to  submit his resignation .

And the top U.S. commander in the Middle East has warned that U.S. troops are needed in the region to  continue the fight  against ISIS.

Additional reporting from  Newsy affiliate CNN .




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