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The Russian Ministry of Defense also weighed in, saying the US attacks “once again proved that the true goal of the continuous illegal presence of US forces in Syria is already not the fight against ISIS international terrorist group, but the capture and control of the economic assets belonging solely to the Syrian Arab Republic.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that the US had plans to partition Syria and was “flirting with various segments of Syrian society that oppose the government” – a strategy that will likely have “dangerous consequences.”

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said last week that the US intends to maintain an open-ended military presence of approximately 2,000 troops in Syria order to “support our partners and prevent the return of terrorist groups.”