US troops will fight the Islamic State in Syria as long as they want to fight, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday.
The U.S. forces will not walk away to let ISIS pop back around, Mattis, referring to the group by another acronym, told reporters at the Pentagon, while U.S.-backed forces were retaking most of terrain formerly occupied by the group.
The enemy hasn't declared that they're done with the area yet, so we'll keep fighting as long as they want to fight, said the US defense chief. IS has become stripped of its major strongholds in Syria and Iraq over the last few months. The extremist militants lost their de facto capital of Raqqa last month to the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.
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