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Report: Russia Had Criticized US Base That's Closing in Syria

general joseph votel speaks to reporters in front of the al-tanf military outpost in southern syria
Gen. Joseph Votel made an unannounced visit to the al-Tanf military outpost in southern Syria. (Lolita Baldor/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 20 December 2018 08:52 PM

The United States is set to close down a special forces base in Syria that has been the subject of repeated Russian complaints — and that some officials believe has helped defeat ISIS and counter Iranian influence in Syria, BuzzFeed News reported.

The base at al-Tanf near the Syrian border with Jordan was where U.S. troops have trained and fought alongside rebels there — and will be part of the drawdown of U.S. troops ordered by President Donald Trump, Muhannad al-Talla, a rebel commander at al-Tanf, told the news outlet.

Russia has objected to the U.S. presence there, with a Russian official earlier in December expressing "growing concern" about the "illegal occupation" of an approximate 34-mile zone around the base in al-Tanf, calling it "the basic source of destabilization in that part of Syria," BuzzFeed News reported.

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A special forces base in Syria that has been the subject of repeated Russian complaints and some officials believe has helped defeat ISIS and counter Iranian influence in Syria is set to close down, according to BuzzFeed News.
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