Syria conflict: US officials withdraw troops after IS ‘defeat’

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The Trump administration says US troops are being withdrawn from Syria, after the president said the Islamic State (IS) group had been “defeated”.The Pentagon said it was transitioning to the “next phase of the campaign” but did not give details.Some 2,000 troops have helped rid much of north-eastern Syria of IS, but pockets of fighters remain.It had been thought defence officials wanted to maintain a US presence to ensure IS did not rebuild.

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