U.S. STARTS TO WITHDRAW TROOPS FROM SYRIA WITH NO TIMETABLE REVEALED
WASHINGTON, The Trump administration announced that, it has started returning U.S. troops home from Syria, after claiming a victory in the fight against the Daesh without revealing any timetable.
“We have started returning United States troops home,” said White House Spokesperson, Sarah Sanders, in a statement, claiming that America has “defeated the territorial caliphate.”
Pentagon later echoed the White House claim, saying that the U.S. military has already begun the process of bringing the U.S. forces back, while emphasising the continuity of the campaign.
“The Coalition has liberated Daesh-held territory, but the campaign against them is not over,” the Pentagon spokeswoman, Dana White, said in a tweet.
All U.S. State Department personnel are being evacuated from Syria within 24 hours. The official also revealed that the time-frame for the troops withdrawal from the war-torn Arab country is expected to be between 60 and 100 days, according to the report.
However, a senior Trump administration official, during a background briefing, held on Wednesday, did not directly answer reporters’ questions on how the administration intends to withdraw the troops or whether there will a deadline for that.
Sanders’ statement came about one hour after U.S. President, Donald Trump, hinted in a tweet, about imminent U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria.
Earlier, U.S. media cited anonymous officials as saying that the United States is planning a “rapid” and “full” withdrawal of troops from Syria.
Currently, there are more than 2,000 U.S. soldiers deployed in Syria.
Meanwhile, the Trump administration’s claim about victory against the Daesh has been questioned.
“I strongly disagree. It has morphed into other forms of extremism and the threat is very much alive,” tweeted British Defence Minister, Tobias Ellwood, following Trump’s claim on the social media.
Senior Republican Senator, Lindsey Graham, warned “devastating consequences” for U.S. troops quitting Syria.
“An American withdrawal at this time would be a big win for the Daesh, Iran, Bashar al Assad of Syria, and Russia,” the lawmaker from the state of South Carolina said, in a statement, on Wednesday.
The senator also noted that the withdrawal will “put the Kurds and all those who came to America’s aid in destroying the Daesh at tremendous risk.”
The U.S. has been backing the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) for a long time, in the battles against the Daesh, managing to make important achievement in defeating them in their de facto capital of Raqqa, in northern Syria in 2017.
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