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Pentagon: Operations Against ISIS in Eastern Syria 'Paused'

Pentagon: Operations Against ISIS in Eastern Syria 'Paused' by Robert Burns – AP

The Pentagon says offensive operations against Islamic State fighters in eastern Syria have been paused because U.S.-backed Kurdish soldiers have shifted to a separate fight against Turkish forces.

A Pentagon spokesman, Col. Rob Manning, called it an “operational pause.” He said that although ground operations have been temporarily suspended in the Euphrates River Valley near the Iraqi border, U.S. airstrikes against ISIS holdouts in that area are continuing. This includes areas around the city of Abu Kamal…

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