Top U.S. General: 500-600 Troops to Remain in Syria to Counter ISIS

Meanwhile, head of U.S. Central Command arrived in Israel Saturday for meetings with Israeli army top brass

A U.S. Bradley armored personnel carrier drives near the town of Tal Tamr in the northeastern Syrian Hasakeh province November 10, 2019
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The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Sunday that about 500 or 600 U.S. troops will remain in Syria to counter Islamic State fighters.

President Donald Trump recently approved an expanded military mission to secure oil fields across eastern Syria. His decision locked hundreds of U.S. troops into a more complicated presence in Syria despite his pledge to bring them home.

Gen. Mark Milley (MIHL'-ee) tells ABC's "This Week" that pressure must be maintained on IS fighters still in the region.

It's unclear whether Milley's prediction of keeping 500 to 600 American troops there includes the roughly 200 who are at the al-Tanf garrison in southern Syria.

Meanwhile, Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., head of the U.S. Central Command arrived on Israel on Saturday for meeting with the Israeli army's top brass, the Times of Israel reported.