The United States began withdrawing its troops from Syria on Friday, the New York Times quoted an American military spokesman as saying.
Colonel Sean Ryan, the spokesman for the United States-led coalition against the Islamic State said the coalition had “begun the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria”
He said he would provide no further information about “specific timelines, locations or troop movements.”
“The withdrawal of the roughly 2,000 American troops posted in northern and eastern Syria threatened to hinder the enduring defeat of the Islamic State and unleash a potentially violent scramble between the other forces in Syria to fill the void,” The New York Times said.
President Trump said last months that American troops were sent to fight the Islamic State and their mission has nearly been accomplished.
The United States had sent forces to Syria to work with local, Kurdish-led militias to fight the Islamic State, which had established a self-declared caliphate that spanned the border between Syria and Iraq.
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