New Pentagon chief discusses Syria with Pompeo, Bolton

Top advisors to U.S. President Donald Trump met at the Pentagon on Thursday to discuss Syria and other topics, a defense official said.
The meeting was the first of its kind for Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, who started his new job January 1 following the resignation of his predecessor Jim Mattis.
According to a senior defense official, Shanahan met with National Security Advisor John Bolton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and General Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
They "discussed a wide variety of topics to include Syria," the official said.
Mattis quit last month after Trump ordered the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria, even though the Islamic State still has thousands of fighters in the country and a U.S. pull-out would leave Kurdish fighters vulnerable to attack by Turkey.
Shanahan must oversee how the U.S. pulls more than 2,000 troops out of Syria.
Various timelines have been floated, but Trump on Wednesday seemed vague, saying only that it would happen "over a period of time."

© 2019 AFP
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