Senate leader wants U.S. troops to stay in Syria, Afghanistan

Senate leader wants U.S. troops to stay in Syria, Afghanistan(This Jan. 29 story corrects paragraph 7 to show Coats’ testimony was on Tuesday, not on Monday) By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican leader of the U.S. Senate offered legislation on Tuesday urging the United States to keep troops in Syria and Afghanistan, as President Donald Trump’s administration moves toward withdrawals of American forces after years overseas. Saying that Islamic militant groups in the two countries continue to pose a “serious threat” to the United States, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he had introduced an amendment to a broader Middle East security bill urging a “continued commitment” until al Qaeda, Islamic State and other groups are defeated.



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