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McConnell to Introduce Amendment Refuting US Troop Withdrawal in Syria

(JNS) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) is expected to introduce an amendment to warn against a “precipitous withdrawal” of troops from Syria or Afghanistan.

Speaking on the Senate floor this week, McConnell said his measure would “acknowledge the plain fact” that Al Qaeda and ISIS, in addition to their affiliates, “pose a serious threat to us here in home.”

“It would recognize the danger of a precipitous withdrawal from either conflict and highlight the need for diplomatic engagement and political solutions to the underlying conflicts in Syria and Afghanistan,” he said. “My amendment would also urge continued commitment from the U.S. military and our partners until we have set the conditions for the enduring defeat of these vile terrorists.”

This development comes a day after the Senate finally invoked cloture on a bill that includes fresh sanctions on Syria.

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