Pentagon Declares ‘Conditions-Based’ Presence in Syria

The US military forces are poised to stay in war-ravaged Syria for “as long as we need to,” says a Pentagon official.

"We are going to maintain our commitment on the ground as long as we need to, to support our partners and prevent the return of terrorist groups," Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon told AFP on Tuesday.

The Department of Defense spokesman on Iraq and Syria also repeated Washington’s claims that the US and its allies are fighting the Daesh Takfiri group there, Press TV reported.

Pahon further announced that there would be no timeline to determine if and when they may leave as their presence is "conditions-based."

 The US-led coalition of 68 nations has been conducting airstrikes against what are said to be Daesh targets inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from the Damascus government or a UN mandate. Such air raids began in Iraq in August of the same year.

The military alliance has repeatedly targeted and killed civilians.