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Pence: Syria Raid Proves US Strong in Region

(PBS's "NewsHour")

By    |   Monday, 28 October 2019 10:34 PM

Vice President Mike Pence on Monday dismissed concerns the troop pullout from Syria weakened the United States and nearly derailed the raid by special forces over the weekend that took out Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

"The special forces — I can't say precisely where — but the special forces that deployed in the region would've been unaffected by the decision the president made" about the troop withdrawal from northern Syria, Pence told PBS NewsHour's anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff.

The New York Times on Sunday said Trump's abrupt decision to pull forces three weeks ago complicated plans for the al-Baghdadi raid. Some officials said they pulled it off in spite of, and not because of, Trump's actions.

Pence said the raid was evidence the U.S. position in the region was strong.

"The most wanted man in the world — al-Baghdadi — is dead. And it's a tribute to the courage and professionalism of our special forces — the armed forces of the United States — our intelligence services," Pence said, adding it is also "a tribute to the decisive leadership of our commander in chief, President Donald Trump."

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Concerns the troop pullout from Syria weakened the United States and nearly derailed the raid by special forces over the weekend that took out Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi were dismissed by Vice President Mike Pence on Monday.
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