Top US commander for the Middle East visited Syria: Centcom

The leading US commander for the Middle East, General Joseph Votel, met US military advisors working with Syrian Arab fighters and leaders of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)The top US military commander for the Middle East made a suprise visit to northern Syria to witness efforts to build up local forces in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group, officials said. General Joseph Votel, head of US Central Command (Centcom), met US military advisors working with Syrian Arab fighters, a Centcom spokesman said. During the secret trip, which lasted several hours, the Centcom commander visited a handful of locations, CNN reported as it accompanied Votel, the highest-ranking US military official to travel to Syria since its civil conflict began in 2011.

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