US starts military withdrawal from Syria

Coalition spokesman announces. 2,000 still in north and east

11 January, 17:23

    BEIRUT - The US has begun to withdraw its troops from Syria, a spokesman said on Friday. "CJTF-OIR has begun the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria," Coalition spokesperson Colonel Sean Ryan said, referring to the U.S.-led military mission against Islamic State (ISIS).

    In a statement emailed to reporters, he noted that "out of concern for operational security, we will not discuss specific timelines, locations or troop movements." The US currently has about 2,000 soldiers in eastern and northern Syria. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that a convoy of US military vehicles had left Syria and crossed into Iraq through the Fishkhabur border crossing into the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) area.

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