The US 'has started to withdraw forces from Syria'

14 January, 2019, 04:57 | Author: Rachel Logan
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United States out of Syria the first batch of military equipment, which indicates the beginning of the withdrawal of American troops from the country, reports CNN TV channel with reference to the representative of the presidential administration, which is aware of the operation.

"CJTF-OIR has begun the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria", said Col. Sean Ryan, a spokesman for the anti-ISIS coalition, citing the Department of Defense.

President Donald Trump's announcement last month that he had chose to withdraw 2,000 US troops stunned allies that have joined Washington in the battle against Islamic State in Syria.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that the withdrawal began late Thursday.

It said a convoy of about ten armored vehicles, in addition to some trucks, pulled out from Syria's northeastern town of Rmeilan into Iraq.

News of the first steps of a withdrawal come as the negotiating with Turkey about guaranteeing protections for USA -allied Kurdish fighters.

Trump's shock announcement on December 19 that he was withdrawing all 2,000 American troops from the conflict-wracked Middle Eastern country has led to concern among allies, including Israel, and prompted the resignation of his then defense chief Jim Mattis.

On 19 December, Trump said he had ordered the withdrawal of all U.S. forces in Syria, which are believed to number around 2,000.

It's complicated: On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported that USA ground troops and naval vessels are moving toward Syria to assist with the withdrawal, defying Bolton.

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Pompeo said he had spoken to Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

In Moscow on Friday, Maria Zakharova, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, expressed doubt that the US would continue with its withdrawal, according to Russia's Interfax news agency.

Worldwide players in the conflict have been in talks about the future of former USA territory in Syria.

He said that Turkey and other countries in the middle East are able to resist the remnants of ISIS in Syria without the support of the American side. Many are also anxious that the Kurdish forces, which spearheaded the fight against the "Islamic State" militants with USA backing, would be left vulnerable to an imminent attack by Turkey.

USA troops are still working with a partner known as the Syrian Democratic Forces to stamp out the last IS holdouts in the Middle Euphrates River Valley near the Iraqi border.

The withdrawal comes amid a escalating tensions between the Syrian Kurds and the Turkish government, which has promised an imminent attack.

Speaking to reporters in Moscow Friday, she said it appears to Moscow that the U.S. 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. Much of the force is made up of Kurdish fighters, who are also part of the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units or YPG, which has been linked to the PKK, a Kurdish terror group that has waged a decades-long insurgency in southeastern Turkey.

This follows U.S. President Donald Trump's recent remark last week that Iran "can do what they want" in Syria.



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