The US State Department has confirmed in an official statement that it has no ‘interests’ in staying back after crushing Daesh in Syria.
The department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said on Friday that there’s no intention to stay in the country after ISIS is defeated, denying a report that US forces will remain there for decades.
In her words, “Our overall mission is to defeat [Daesh], whether it’s in Iraq or in Syria. That is our intent – to defeat [Daesh] and not do anything more than that.”
Nauert’s statements at a press briefing was a response to a Syrian Democratic Force (SDF) spokesman who claimed that Donald Trump’s government remain in Syria long after Daesh is gone.
“We want Syria governed by Syrians, not by the United States, not by any other forces, but by Syrians,” she added.
The US has supported the PKK/PYD – considered by Turkey as the Syrian offshoot of the PKK terror organisation along with several other Arab militia groups under the umbrella of the SDF, long vexing Ankara.
The US views the SDF as a “reliable partner” in its fight against Daesh and continues to provide it with arms and equipment against strong objections by Turkey.
Heather Nauert, 47, is an American journalist. She has been the US State Department’s spokesperson since April 2017.
She co-hosted Fox & Friends and Fox & Friends First.
Nauert previously worked with ABC News as a correspondent. She has a master’s degree in Journalism (Columbia University). The mother-of-two is married to Scott Norby, an investment banker who works at Goldman Sachs.