On November 17 I spoke to Col. Myles B. Caggins III, spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, the 81-member coalition to defeat ISIS. A piece based on the interview was published on November 23. The full transcript of the discussion is interesting as it sheds light on some of the concerns across Iraq and Syria today as the Coalition continues to focus on defeating ISIS sleeper cells while balancing others issues across complex areas.
Can you tell us about your Syria trip?
The backdrop of the trip was that policy has been shifting in Syria and policy was to move out of northern and western areas where we have closed bases, such as in Tabqa, Raqqa, Lefarge cement factory, Manbij and the Kobani landing zone, the Air base near Sarrin. We’ve announced that those were closed. We have re-balanced some forces into the eastern part of Syria where we are partnered with the Syrian Democratic Forces and continue partnership in Deir Ezzor and Hasakah. And through that partnership of Coalition troops in eastern Syria, the troops live on SDF bases, so the partnership never broke or was severed…
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