WEB Notes: The United States has still not removed Assad from power, so in that regard the “war” is not over just yet.

U.S.-backed forces were in the process of “crushing the life” out of ISIS but “the war is not over” in Iraq and Syria, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday.

Iraq declared victory over the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria earlier this month and held a parade in Baghdad. Russian President Vladimir Putin later made similar claims on behalf of the Moscow-backed regime of Syrian President Hafez Assad and said — not for the first time — that Russia would begin withdrawing troops.

Source: Mattis: ‘The War Is Not Over’ in Iraq and Syria | Military.com



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