Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Trump begins to move USA troops out of Syria

Trump begins to move USA troops out of Syria

The US-led military coalition in Syria has begun withdrawing troops, a spokesman has said, without elaborating on locations or timetables.

The fate of USA troops in Syria was further muddled Tuesday when Turkish President Recep Erdogan said Bolton made a "grave mistake" when he demanded Turkey pledge protection of the American supported Kurdish fighters.

About 10 armored vehicles in addition to some engineering machines pulled out of Rmeilan, Syria, Thursday night headed for Iraq, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the Syrian conflict.

President Donald Trump's announcement last month that he had made a decision to withdraw 2,000 USA troops stunned allies that have joined Washington in the battle against Islamic State in Syria. Within the Trump administration, disagreement over the pullout quickly led to the resignations of both Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Brett McGurk, the president's special envoy to the coalition fighting ISIS.

President Donald Trump confirmed a Syria withdrawal Sunday, but shifted slightly on the timing, saying "we won't be finally pulled out until [the Islamic State] is gone".


A senior Kurdish politician said the Kurds are aware of the USA beginning its withdraw process, describing it as "America's decision".

Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the UK-based monitoring organisation, said some United States forces withdrew from the Rmelan military base on Thursday.

The announcement that U.S. troops would leave the civil war-racked country - where they have been deployed to assist in the multinational fight against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group - shocked global partners and American politicians alike. It also led to major criticism that the US was abandoning its local Kurdish allies amid Turkish threats of an imminent attack.

While Trump initially said USA troops will be coming home "now", he took to Twitter on January 7 to say that "we will be leaving at a proper pace while at the same time continuing to fight ISIS and doing all else that is prudent and necessary!"

The U.S. withdrawal has presented the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad and its Russian and Iranian allies with an opportunity to recover territory held by the Kurds.


Kurdish officials, meanwhile, have demanded clarifications from the USA over its intentions.

"When the time and place comes, the terrorists here will also be buried in the ditches and trenches they have dug", the minister said in southern Sanliurfa province. The lira fell sharply Tuesday on fears of renewed U.S.

America's operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the country were to continue during the withdrawal process.

The US president concluded: "Our troops are coming home!"


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