Syrians ride a bicycle past destroyed buildings in an opposition-held neighbourhood of the southern city of Daraa on October 2, 2018. / AFP / Mohamad ABAZEED
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The number of U.S. diplomats in Syria has doubled as Daesh (ISIS) near a military defeat, U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis said Tuesday.The U.S. does not have an embassy in Syria.In the northern Syrian city of Manbij, U.S. and NATO allies Turkey troops have started training together ahead of conducting joint patrols, a U.S. official said.Under an agreement with the U.S. to reduce tensions, Turkey started military patrols around Manbij in June, while the U.S. conducted its own patrols.Now troops from both countries are training together in Turkey to conduct joint patrols, U.S. Army spokesman Colonel Sean Ryan said. The White House previously said it hoped Russia would reconsider the move, which U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton called a "significant escalation" of Syria's seven-year-old war.
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