US Exit from Syria Starts with Equipment, Not Troops

US Exit from Syria Starts with Equipment, Not Troops

US Exit from Syria Starts with Equipment, Not Troops

An American military official said Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 that the USA -led military coalition has begun the process of withdrawing troops from Syria.

President Donald Trump announced last month the decision to withdraw 2,000 U.S. troops who have deployed to Syria in support of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militia, which have spearheaded the fight against the IS group.

A USA official told ABC News that in recent days military equipment has been moved out of Syria into Iraq. "Out of concern for operational security, we will not discuss specific timelines, locations or troops movements", Ryan said. It says about 10 armored vehicles and other equipment arrived at a USA base in al-Rmelan, in al-Hasaka province.

Trump has said he agreed to submit areas under the control of Kurdish militants to Turkey, prompting outrage among the community in northern Syria and warnings by U.S. politicians that Washington was betraying its allies in the region.

Turkey considers the People's Protection Units (YPG) militia to be affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) that has waged a decades-long insurgency against Ankara.

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.

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

The official provided no numbers, but said the equipment withdrawal is underway and that an unspecified number of additional USA troops have been brought into Syria to assist with the withdrawal process.

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

A Defense Department spokesperson later said that while equipment was being moved out of Syria, troops were not withdrawing.

Freelance governing: "Like so often in the Trump presidency, it seems that members of the administration are taking what should be said with their inside voice and saying it with their outside voice", Frances Brown, a former National Security Council official during the Obama and Trump administrations, told Al-Monitor.

"It is not possible for us to swallow the message Bolton gave from Israel", Erdogan said in the Turkish Parliament after refusing to meet with Bolton on his visit to Turkey.

In addition, USA warplanes from the aircraft carrier Stennis, patrolling the Persian Gulf, were flying missions over Syria and Iraq, Stars & Stripes reported from aboard the Stennis.

US 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.

A senior Kurdish politician said the Kurds are aware of the US beginning its withdraw process, describing it as "America's decision". But the peace and stability of areas US forces withdraw from "must be guaranteed", she added.

"When the time and place comes, the terrorists here will also be buried in the ditches and trenches they have dug", he said.

Speaking to reporters in Moscow Friday, she said it appears to Moscow that the U.S. In response to questions, she said, "I can not share your confidence that they are leaving there because we never saw an official strategy".

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