December 20, 2018 / 9:54 AM / 6 months ago

SDF - U.S. withdrawal from Syria will spark Islamic State revival

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said on Thursday a White House decision to withdraw from Syria will allow an Islamic State revival and threaten the battle in eastern Syria.

The Kurdish-led force said pulling U.S. troops and officials out of its region would have “dangerous implications” on international stability.

This would also “create a political and military vacuum in the area, leaving its people between the claws of hostile parties,” the statement said.

Reporting by Ellen Francis; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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