January 11, 2019 / 10:19 PM
US has started withdrawing forces from Syria The US-led coalition against Islamic State has begun the process of withdrawing from Syria, its spokesman said on Friday, January 11. The coalition “has begun the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria. Out of concern for operational security, we will not discuss specific timelines, locations or troop movements,” Colonel Sean Ryan said. U.S. President Donald Trump announced last month the decision to withdraw 2,000 US troops who have deployed to Syria in support of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the fight against Islamic State, according to Reuters. 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. Turkey views the dominant Syrian Kurdish groups as a national security threat. US National Security Adviser John Bolton suggested on Tuesday that protecting the Kurds would be a pre-condition of the US withdrawal, drawing a rebuke from Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan who called his comments “a serious mistake.” But US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday the withdrawal would not be scuppered despite the Turkish threats. Reporter’s code: 50101
US has started withdrawing forces from Syria

The US-led coalition against Islamic State has begun the process of withdrawing from Syria, its spokesman said on Friday, January 11.

The coalition “has begun the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria. Out of concern for operational security, we will not discuss specific timelines, locations or troop movements,” Colonel Sean Ryan said.

U.S. President Donald Trump announced last month the decision to withdraw 2,000 US troops who have deployed to Syria in support of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the fight against Islamic State, according to Reuters.

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. Turkey views the dominant Syrian Kurdish groups as a national security threat.

US National Security Adviser John Bolton suggested on Tuesday that protecting the Kurds would be a pre-condition of the US withdrawal, drawing a rebuke from Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan who called his comments “a serious mistake.”

But US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday the withdrawal would not be scuppered despite the Turkish threats.

Reporter’s code: 50101