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Trump gives Pentagon more flexibility on Iraq, Syria troops

7 months 2 weeks 5 days ago Wednesday, April 26 2017 Apr 26, 2017 April 26, 2017 9:31 PM April 26, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

WASHINGTON - The White House is giving the Pentagon greater flexibility to determine the number of U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria, in another move by President Donald Trump to shift greater power to his military leaders.
    
The decision will give Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to send more forces into Syria, to assist U.S.-backed Syrian troops as they move to retake Raqqa from the Islamic State group, which has used the city as a de facto capital.
    
It will also let him adjust the force numbers in Iraq, in the ongoing fight to oust IS from Mosul and stabilize it as the rebuilding begins.
    
The Pentagon has already been making quiet, incremental additions to the troop levels in both countries in recent months.

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