UPDATE 9:59 AM PT — Thurs. January 18, 2018
The Syrian government angrily responded to a U.S. announcement that they will keep troops in the country after the conflict ends.
The comments made Thursday by Syria’s foreign minister are in direct response to Secretary Rex Tillerson’s outlining of American strategy in the country.
In a speech yesterday at Stanford University, Tillerson said the United States will maintain a military presence in Syria beyond the conclusion of hostilities to prevent an ISIS resurgence, and eventually depose Syrian President Assad.
Syria called any such presence as illegal, and a violation of its national sovereignty.
The United States currently has 2,000 military personnel in Syria.