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Top US general Mark Milley makes surprise visit to Syria

Gen. Mark Milley's visit to US troops fighting the Islamic State came as Pentagon officials warn Russia's arms transfers to Iran will embolden the IRGC and its proxies in the Middle East.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley speaks during a press briefing after a virtual Ukraine Defense Contact Group meeting at the Pentagon on Nov. 16, 2022 in Arlington, Virginia.

WASHINGTON — Top US general Mark Milley made a surprise visit on Saturday to Syria, where fewer than 1,000 American troops continue to support local militia forces combatting the remnants of the Islamic State (IS) group.

Milley, who serves as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and is ending his term in September, met with the commander of the US-led coalition to defeat IS, Army Maj. Gen. Matthew McFarlane, and reviewed security measures from an undisclosed base in Syria’s northeast.

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