ERBIL – The US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis last Friday denied media reports that a land bridge exists between Iran and Syria through Iraq after Iranian-backed forces defeated ISIS in areas bordering Syria.
“I don't think there's a land bridge right now. There's still enough rough terrain, rough enemy units that haven't been cleaned up, and all the usual cleanup going on,” he said about remaining ISIS fighters in the Syrian-Iraqi border area. “I don't think there's a land bridge right now,” he added.
Moreover, the US Defense Secretary did not want to comment if the US taking measures to push back Iranian influence in the region.
“I don't talk about possible future operations,” he said
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