Large US Troop Presence in Iraq, Syria Would Cause Problems - Coalition's Head

© REUTERS / Alaa Al-MarjaniAn American soldier takes a selfie at the U.S. army base in Qayyara, south of Mosul October 25, 2016
An American soldier takes a selfie at the U.S. army base in Qayyara, south of Mosul October 25, 2016 - Sputnik International
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The US-led coalition's commander said a large number of uninvited troops would constitute a problem in Iraq and Syria.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — If large numbers of US or coalition troops arrived in Iraq or Syria it would create problems, Operation Inherent Resolve commander Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend said at a press briefing on Wednesday.

"Would I be concerned if we brought in a large number of US or coalition troops without coordinating with our partners?" Townsend asked. "I would be because if we showed up with a large number of troops uninvited, I think that would be a problem."

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