Washington, December 6: Though the Islamic State terrorist group is witnessing a historic fall in Syria, the troops of United States will continue to stay in the country unless and until Damascus is totally stabilized.
Notably, the Pentagon on Tuesday said that the US military mission in Syria would continue until areas reclaimed from ISIS are stabilized, adding that US troops would only withdraw when conditions on the ground allowed.
Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said, "While the nature of US support to partner forces will adjust as the coalition shifts from major urban combat operations to stabilization tasks, US support will not end until the enduring defeat of ISIS and will be determined by conditions on the ground.”
Eric Pahon further said, "We are going to maintain our commitment on the ground as long as we need to, to support our partners and prevent the return of terrorist groups." "To ensure an enduring defeat of ISIS, the coalition must ensure it cannot regenerate, reclaim lost ground, or plot external attacks," he added.
Meanwhile, the US Army further said that it would continue to support its local allies, the Syrian Democratic Forces, as they move to stabilize eastern Syria following a series of military victories over ISIS. Earlier also US Army officials said that despite of ISIS defeats, military operations against the terror group would continue for some time.
The US-led troop has played a vital role in assisting Syrian forces to outclass ISIS terrorist organization from Syria. The US-led coalition declared victory in Raqqa in October and, the following month, Russia and its allies announced they had successfully retaken the eastern city of Deir Ezzor.
Syria is affected by the civil war since many years due to which thousands of civilians lost their lives while millions were displaced. While Iraq is affected due to self-proclaimed caliphate ISIS captured many important governorates. Over 80,000 foreigners from countries such as Tunisia, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Germany, France and the Caucasus have been recruited and traveled to Syria and Iraq between 2013 and 2016 to fight alongside ISIS.