The Pentagon on Thursday reiterated its denial that US forces fighting the Islamic State have moved to cut off Iran-backed militias' access to a key border crossing between Iraq and Syria.
Pentagon Press Secretary US Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder told journalists that recent news reports in Arabic-language media alleging such were "false" and that US forces are not involved in security on the Iraqi border.
"I'm not tracking any significant shift in forces as it pertains to the defeat ISIS mission in Syria," Ryder said in response to a question by Al-Monitor on Thursday.
"We don't provide border security. That's the role of the Iraqi government," he continued.