U.S. troops begin to withdraw from Syria, report says

Donald Trump announced last month that 2,000 US troops would be withdrawn

Donald Trump announced last month that 2,000 US troops would be withdrawn

The U.S. military command in Baghdad, which is managing the counter-IS campaign in Iraq and Syria, said Friday that it "has begun the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria", adding that, for security reasons, it would not reveal timetables, locations or troop movements.

But another source close to Kurdish military officials in Syria told VOA it appeared the USA military is in the process of relocating equipment and personnel within Syria.

The U.S. -led military coalition has begun withdrawing troops from Syria, a U.S. defense official confirmed Friday.

About 2,000 US troops are in Syria. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss details that have not yet been publicly announced.

Cavusoglu once again "rejected and condemned" Bolton's comments on the conditional withdrawal and said despite different voices coming out from Washington, the Turkish president's interlocutor was Trump.

The White House has not yet publicly altered it's most recent criteria, those announced by Bolton a week ago: that ISIS must be defeated and the Kurdish forces' security guaranteed before the American troops all come out. It said a convoy of about 10 armoured vehicles, in addition to some trucks, pulled out from Syria's northeastern town of Rmeilan into Iraq.

There has been confusion over plans to implement Trump's pullout order amid threats from Turkey to attack the Kurdish fighters, who are seen by Ankara as terrorists due to their ties to insurgents within Turkey.

Over the intervening years the number of USA troops in Syria has increased, and a network of bases and airfields has been established in an arc across the north-eastern part of the country.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is defending President Trump's decision to remove USA troops from Syria.

State Department's deputy spokesman Robert Palladino said in a statement that the two ministers agreed on the importance of continuing U.S.

Senior officials like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton have declined to put a timeline on when troops would be withdrawn.

But, he added, "we also know that those are fighting alongside of us for all this time deserve to be protected as well".

A Kurdish-led group, the Syrian Democratic Forces, is now flushing the jihadists from the very last pockets of land they control in the Euphrates River Valley.

The Turkish government has said Kurdish fighters are linked to a group that has been mounting an insurgency against the Turkish state for decades.

Turkey regards the Kurd-dominated YPG units as an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers' Party or PKK, which Ankara considers a terrorist organization.

She said that once she was asked for examining a terror group's member in Syria's Ras al-Ayn to understand whether she was pregnant or not and "when they found out that she was pregnant, they killed the woman".

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