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U.S. Considering Plan to Stay in Remote Syrian Base to Counter Iran
The Trump administration could face legal issues maintaining a small force at al-Tanf.
- Lara Seligman
Despite President Donald Trump’s December pledge to withdraw all U.S. forces from Syria, the U.S. government is considering a plan to keep some troops in a remote U.S. base in southeastern Syria to counter Iranian activity, sources tell Foreign Policy.
The al-Tanf garrison, located near Syria’s eastern border with Jordan, was established to help local forces fight the Islamic State militant group.
But the base, which sits along a potential Iranian supply route through Iraq to Syria, has also become a…