US Military Preparing for Full Withdrawal From Northeastern Syria

US Military Preparing for Full Withdrawal From Northeastern Syria

US Military Preparing for Full Withdrawal From Northeastern Syria

Updated 4:05 p.m. | President Donald Trump on Wednesday abruptly declared victory against the Islamic State inside Syria and ordered the Pentagon to withdrawal all American military troops from the war-torn country.

Trump has argued for the withdrawal since he was a presidential candidate. Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

It had been thought defence officials wanted to maintain a United States presence.

"We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency", the president said in a morning tweet.

American troops look toward the border with Turkey from a small outpost near the town of Manbij, northern Syria, in February. The Washington Post reported that Mattis and other senior national security officials have tried to convince Trump not to withdraw USA troops, saying the move would betray the Kurds, and make local fighters in other countries wary of partnering with the United States.

This is a developing story. She predicted that the Russians, the Iranians, Syrian President Bashar Assad and the Turks will compete for the terrain and resources previously under USA control "at the expense of" the Syrian Kurds who have partnered with US forces against IS.

However, later in the day, US Defense Department spokesperson Robert Manning told Sputnik that the US is continuing to work with its partners in Syria amid reports that President Donald Trump's administration has made a decision to pull US troops out of the Middle Eastern country.

The withdrawal of US troops comes as the USA approaches an end of a coalition campaign to recapture territory once controlled by IS.

The White House has ordered the Pentagon to pull US troops from Syria immediately, a USA defense official confirmed to CBS News correspondent David Martin. Israel will learn of the timetable and manner of withdrawal, he said, and no matter what "we will safeguard the security of Israel and protect ourselves from this arena". The Turks have targeted US -backed Kurdish troops along the Syria-Turkey border, which Turkey considers an insurgent threat. "We will continue working with our partners and allies to defeat ISIS wherever it operates".

Although Trump campaigned on the promise to pull U.S. troops out of Syria, some within the DoD have suggested that the announcement is coming now to deflect from the reams of bad press he is receiving for the myriad scandals that have enveloped him and his administration. "If the Americans really do pull their troops out, I think that would only help stabilize the situation in Syria", Vladimir Dzhabarov, first deputy chairman of the worldwide affairs committee in the upper house of Russia's parliament, said, according to the Interfax news service.

The U.S. first launched airstrikes against IS fighters in Syria in 2014. In an interview with Fox News, he compared the move to former President Barack Obama's decision to begin withdrawing from Iraq in 2011, which is frequently blamed for creating a vacuum that allowed the Islamic State to gain a foothold in the region.

Brett McGurk, the USA special envoy for the global coalition to defeat Islamic State, said last week that the group was down to its last 1 percent of the territory it once held in its self-styled "caliphate". "We continue our normal operations, including observation posts in the border region to address the security concerns of our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Turkey", the alliance stated.

Critics of the United States involvement in Syria, however, cheered on the news of the withdrawal, pointing out that the real mistake was Washington getting involved in the attempt to overthrow the government in Damascus in the first place.

United States forces are also in south-eastern Syria, supporting an alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters (the Syrian Democratic Forces) that is closing in on the last pocket of territory controlled by IS there, around the town of Hajin in the Middle Euphrates River Valley.

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