On October 28, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of Joint Chiefs General Mark Milley held a news conference at the Pentagon on the raid to kill ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the US strategy in the region.
Defense Secretary Esper stated that the “security situation in Syria remains complex”, while Chairman of Joint Chiefs General Milley said that the US has “video and photos” confirming the death of the terrorists. However, these photos and video are yet to be released.
In general, the press conference echoed Trump’s statement on the killing of al-Baghdadi and confirmed that the US is not going to withdraw from Syria. US forces will remain in the country to keep control of the seized oil fields.