December 12, 2017 – Fort Russ News –
– Novorosinform, translated by Tom Winter –
Translator note: A search failed to turn up Sanders’ presser in English. But Russian sources have it!
Washington. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said at a briefing on December 11 that the United States does not plan to withdraw its forces from Syria, despite Russia’s decision to withdraw its contingent, Interfax reported.
When asked by the journalist why the US still has to fight terrorists in Syria on the ground, while in Russia they announced the withdrawal of their troops, Sanders replied that “the US will continue to do everything possible to defeat ISIS (banned in the Russian Federation – Ed. ) on all fronts and, of course, to protect the lives of Americans.”
“As long as any of the ISIS members does not leave Syria, we want to continue to move forward and make sure that it not only is eradicated, but also that the ISIS militants do not soon turn around and come back,” Sanders said.
Recall that yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking to the Russian military at the airbase in Khmeimim, ordered the withdrawal from Syria of the Russian military contingent.
The General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces earlier stated that Syria was completely liberated from the militants of the ISIS terrorist organization (* banned in Russia).
Yesterday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad officially thanked the Russian leader for helping to destroy the fighters of the the terrorist group Islamic State banned in Russia and other countries.