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Jan 8, 2019

Pompeo: US committed to countering Daesh, Iran despite Syria troop withdrawal

The US decision to withdraw troops from Syria will not jeopardise Washington's efforts to counter threats from Iran and Daesh, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday.
Pompeo was speaking in Jordan on the first leg of his Middle East tour designed to reassure allies after Donald Trump said the US had defeated Daesh in Syria and the 2,000 American troops were no longer needed there.
The US troops in Syria have served as a counterweight to the Syrian government, which is backed by Iran and Russia.
But Pompeo said Washington was not stepping down from its efforts to challenge Iran. The US was "redoubling not only our diplomatic but our commercial efforts to put real pressure on Iran," he said.
"There is enormous agreement on the risk that Iran poses to Jordan and other countries in the region," Pompeo added.

Jordan has expressed worries in the past about Iranian influence near the Jordanian border in southern Syria.
"We all have problems with Iran's expansionist policies in the region," Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said during the meeting with Pompeo.

The secretary of state said the US is fully committed to the security of Jordan and its partnership with the kingdom.

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