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US Exit from Syria Starts with Equipment, Not Troops

14 January 2019
US Exit from Syria Starts with Equipment, Not Troops

"Starting the long overdue pullout from Syria while hitting the little remaining ISIS territorial caliphate hard, and from many directions". The president also vowed that the U.S. "Will attack again from existing nearby base if it reforms", Trump said.

"Will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds", Trump tweeted, while pushing for the creation of a 20-mile (30-kilometer) "safe zone".

The woman was reportedly sent to Syria where she took medical training from French and US doctors for six months and was later transferred to the hospitals in the region for practice, she said in the testimony.

"It is important that we do everything we can to make sure that those folks that fought with us are protected and Erdogan has made commitments, he understands that", Pompeo said during a Wednesday visit to the Kurdistan Region capital Erbil. He has, however, asserted that the USA must bring an end to the Mideast wars that began after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.

The US-led coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) confirmed on Friday that the military had started the "deliberate withdrawal" of the roughly 2,000 American troops in Syria.

Russia's foreign ministry said Friday that it suspected the us government was really intent on maintaining a military force inside Syria indefinitely, in spite of the pullout officially being announced by the Americans.

Turkey had rejected the US claim that the Syrian Kurds were represented by the YPG, which Ankara sees as a terrorist organization.

Russia, which has deployed forces into Syria in support of the Damascus regime, said it had the impression that the United States wanted to stay despite the announced withdrawal of U.S. troops, RIA news agency reported.

A US army vehicle supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces in Hajin, eastern Syria, on December 15, 2018.

Mr Pompeo said a phone call with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu involved several elements of US-Turkey relations, including Syria and the detention of Americans in Turkey.

While the US military pullout is now officially underway it has made a slow start.

But following a backlash from Republicans and Democrats in Congress and the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Trump said the troops would be withdrawn "slowly".

FILE - Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters walk on the rubble of damaged shops and buildings in the city of Manbij, in Aleppo Governorate, Syria, Aug. 10, 2016.

Israel has generally refrained from commenting about the strikes for fear of triggering a reaction and being drawn into the deadly fighting in neighboring Syria's civil war.

In an apparent gesture to save face, following a questionable outcome of four years of uninvited American presence in Syria and an abrupt withdrawal, Trump has once-again credited the United States military for destroying IS, disregarding the fact that most of the country was liberated from terrorists by the Syrian army, with the help of the Russian military. "In the last 36 hours alone, the air force struck storage facilities with Iranian weapons at the Damascus International Airport".

They also did not say what part of Syria it came from, though it is expected the drawdown would begin in the country's north.

"We will confirm that there has been no redeployment of military personnel from Syria to date", said Navy Commander Sean Robertson, a Pentagon spokesman.