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France says IS not defeated, troops to remain in Syria

A senior French official says France does not “share the assessment” of US President Donald Trump that the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria is over.

The official, who was not authorized to speak publicly, says that French President Emmanuel Macron phoned Trump earlier this week to “tell him to continue the fight against” IS.

The official says Macron told him the withdrawal, if “made too quickly, would affect not only stability in the region but also the security of the people and the Syrian Democratic Forces.”

Yesterday, US officials said that President Donald Trump is pulling all 2,000 US troops out of Syria, as the president suddenly declared victory over IS.

— AP

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