US cuts $230mn of stabilization funding, but remains in Syria to ‘defeat physical Caliphate’

$230 million in funding for stabilizing Syria have been redirected elsewhere, the US State Department said. However, the withdrawal of stabilization money does not mean a reduction of American presence in Syria. On the contrary, preparations are under way for a ‘final phase’ of the offensive against ISIS, Brett McGurk, an envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS said.

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