US troops in Syria to help create safe zone: Pentagon

            By Umar Farooq</p>  <p>WASHINGTON (AA) - A couple hundred American troops will remain in Syria after the U.S. pullout as part of a multinational force to establish a safe zone in the region, the Pentagon said Friday.</p>  <p>&quot;U.S. forces numbering a couple hundred will remain in northeast Syria as part of a multinational force,&quot; Pentagon spokesman Sean Robertson said. </p>  <p>&quot;Safe zone is the terminology,&quot; he said.</p>  <p>Robertson said the U.S. is looking at the &quot;safe zone along the Turkish border&quot;.</p>  <p>&quot;The multinational observing and monitoring force will be made up primarily of NATO allies, who along with U.S. forces will maintain stability and prevent an ISIS resurgence in Syria,&quot; Robertson added, using another term for Daesh.</p>  <p>A defense official who spoke to Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity said Turkish and SDF forces would not be involved in the planned safe zone.</p>  <p>On Thursday, the White House said 200 troops will remain in Syria as part of a peacekeeping effort. However, a report published by The Washington Post said 400 troops will remain, with 200 in northeast Syria and another 200 at the al-Tanf garrison in southern Syria.</p>  <p>&quot;The U.S. will maintain a presence at the al-Tanf garrison in southern Syria,&quot; said Robertson.</p>  <p>The base at al-Tanf has been viewed by some within the administration as a critical foil to Iran establishing a land route from Tehran to Damascus via Iraq.</p>  <p>*Kasim Ileri contributed to this report from the Pentagon