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February 27, 2019 9:14 am

In Joint Statement, Russia and Syria Tell US Forces to Leave Syria

avatar by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff

US soldiers surveil the area during a combined joint patrol in Manbij, Syria, Nov. 1, 2018. Photo: Courtesy Zoe Garbarino / US Army / Handout via Reuters / File.

Russia and Syria issued a joint statement on Wednesday calling on US forces to leave Syria and to allow people inside a refugee camp in the southeast of the country to be evacuated by Russian and Syrian forces.

The statement, released by Russia’s Ministry of Defense, said Russian and Syrian forces had prepared buses to relocate refugees at the camp in the Rubkan area and would guarantee them safe passage so they could start new lives.

“We also call on the United States, whose military units are on Syrian territory illegally, to leave the country,” the joint statement read.

The United States said earlier this month it would leave about 400 U.S. troops split between two different regions of Syria, a reversal by President Donald Trump that could pave the way for US allies to keep troops in Syria.

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