Number of U.S. diplomats doubled in Syria as Islamic State nears defeat: Pentagon chief

Number of U.S. diplomats doubled in Syria as Islamic State nears defeat: Pentagon chief

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PARIS (Reuters) – The number of U.S. diplomats in Syria has doubled as Islamic State militants near a military defeat, U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis said on Tuesday.

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis attends a news conference with French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly (not pictured) at the Defence Ministry in Paris, France, October 2, 2018. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

“Our diplomats, they are on the ground (and) have been doubled in number,” Mattis said during a press conference in Paris with his French counterpart. “As we see the military operations become less, you’ll see the diplomatic effort now able to take (root),” Mattis added.

Reporting by Idrees Ali; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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