Dunford explained that the stabilization process would need to continue for an indefinite period of time in eastern Syria. © AP Photo / Hussein Malla At Least 5 People Killed as US-Led Coalition Pounds Syria’s Hajin – Reports “With regard to stabilization we still have a long way to go. We can say our presence in Syria right now is sustainable and can be adjusted based on conditions,” he said. Dunford gave no details of the number of US Special Operations Command troops that were currently operating in eastern, Syria, but he did say there were no plans to evacuate them. When asked if the US forces in eastern Syria would be maintained in the region for the foreseeable future, Dunford replied, “No. That’s right… They’re not leaving any time soon.” READ MORE: Pentagon Supports Enhanced Dialogue Between US, Russian Troops in Syria The training of local forces was necessary to re-establish effective local government and services in the region including sewage, law and order and electric power, Dunford said.