U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis warned Friday it would be a “strategic blunder” to pull out of Syria before U.N.-led peace efforts had made progress.

Talks in Geneva led by U.N. Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura have made little headway, but Mattis said they must be given the chance to succeed.

“In Syria, leaving the field before the special envoy Staffan de Mistura achieves success in advancing the Geneva political process we all signed for under the U.N. security council resolution would be a strategic blunder, undercutting our diplomats and giving the terrorists the opportunity to recover,” Mattis said at a meeting of coalition defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

Source: National News Agency

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis warned Friday it would be a 'strategic blunder' to pull out of Syria before U.N.-led peace efforts had made progress. Talks in Geneva led by U.N. Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura have made little headway, but Mattis said they must be given the...