Top US leader makes mystery visit to northern Syria

The top US leader for the Middle East furtively went to Syria on Saturday, authorities said.

General Joseph Votel, head of US Central Command, spent around 11 hours in northern Syria.

He met US military guides and the pioneers of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), made up of Kurdish and Arab rebel strengths.

The US needs neighborhood strengths to crush the alleged Islamic State (IS) gathering, which holds region in the nation.

Talking after the visit, Gen Votel said preparing neighborhood strengths to battle IS was the right approach.

“I cleared out with expanded trust in their capacities and our capacity to bolster them. I imagine that model is working and functioning admirably,” he said.

The SDF involves around 25,000 Kurdish contenders and around 5,000 Arab warriors. The US is wanting to expand the quantity of Arabs in the power.

Middle Easterner officers who addressed writers amid the visit said their strengths required more offer assistance.

SDF Deputy Commander Qarhaman Hasan said he needed defensively covered vehicles, automatic rifles, rocket launchers and mortars.

The SDF right now needed to depend on sneaking to get weapons, he said.

“You can’t run an armed force on pirating,” he included.

Tribal pioneers likewise approached the US to accomplish more, both militarily and with compassionate guide.

The US has around 200 military counsels in Syria, where 270,000 individuals have kicked the bucket in five years of common war.