The U.S. has started withdrawing military equipment from Syria, an official from the Pentagon confirmed Thursday.
The official provided no numbers, but said the equipment withdrawal is under way and that an unspecified number of additional US troops have been brought into Syria to assist with the withdrawal process. Also, U.S. troops are among 200 to 300 coalition troops at a garrison in southern Syria known as al-Tanf, where they train and accompany local Syrian opposition forces on patrols to counter the IS group.
The U.S. force in Syria has "begun the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria", said Col. Sean Ryan, spokesman for the for Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve. Washington, however, said that it would not disclose a timeline for withdrawing its troops, and pledged that the US-led global coalition's fight against terrorism would continue.
The U.S. has started "the process of deliberate withdrawal from Syria".
This is a developing story. These include troops to provide additional security.
An American military official said Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 that the US -led military coalition has begun the process of withdrawing troops from Syria.
Washington's Kurdish allies in northern Syria fear the withdrawal will open the way for Turkey to mount a long-threatened offensive against their area. The fact that a couple thousand uniformed personnel in Syria will be withdrawing is a tactical change. But the peace and stability of areas US forces withdraw from "must be guaranteed", she added.
Speaking to reporters in Moscow Friday, she said it appears to Moscow that the U.S.
In the weeks following his announcement, Mr Trump has given differing signals over the future of United States involvement in the country.
Turkey welcomed Trump's surprise order to the Pentagon, while other U.S. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies said they received no notice.
President Donald Trump's announcement last month that he had chose to withdraw the 2,000 United States troops there stunned allies who have joined Washington in the battle against ISIS militants in Syria.
The US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said the move had "dangerous implications" for stability, would "negatively affect the campaign against terrorism" and create "a political and military vacuum".
"When the time and place comes, the terrorists here will be buried in the ditches they have dug, as was done in previous operations", Akar told the Turkish troops.
Since Trump's announcement, senior members of his administration including Bolton and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo have frustrated Turkey by setting more specific conditions on what Trump initially suggested would be a quick withdrawal.
With the backing of Russian Federation and Iran, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has regained much of the territory lost to rebel groups, and his forces are now pressing eastward to areas controlled by the SDF.
Critics of Trump's decision, including within his own Republican party, have said a precipitous withdrawal would shatter U.S. policy in Syria and allow ISIS to rebuild. He has, however, asserted that the USA must bring an end to the Mideast wars that began after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks. The confusion was precipitated by President Trump's shock announcement over the issue last month.