US brought the first batch of military equipment from Syria

US brought the first batch of military equipment from Syria

US brought the first batch of military equipment from Syria

Fox News reported on Friday citing a USA defense official that the US-led coalition in Syria had started the process of withdrawing troops from the region.

The official said the movement of equipment is part of what the military calls the start of a deliberate withdrawal from Syria, where about 2,000 troops have been working with a coalition of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters to defeat the remnants of the Islamic State group.

Stressing that the US has not yet begun pulling out its troops, a second Pentagon official revealed that the USA military had begun a number of preparations for a deliberate withdrawal, noting, "That includes planning for the moving of people and equipment, preparation of facilities to accept retrograde equipment".

The official provided no numbers, but said the equipment withdrawal is under way and that an unspecified number of additional USA troops have been brought into Syria to assist with the withdrawal process.

"Out of concern for operational security, we will not discuss specific timelines, locations or troops movements", he said.

The coalition "has begun the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria".

Later in the day, however, some of those outlets conceded that the spokesman did not indicate whether any American service members were being pulled out or whether the US military was carrying out other activities that could be considered a withdrawal. USA support for a Syrian-led Kurdish militia known as the People's Protection Units that Turkey considers a foe is the source of one rift. This, she said, includes putting an end to the Turkish threats and fully eradicating the Islamic State group and its sleeper cells. US Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned soon after the announcement. Many are also anxious that the Kurdish forces, which spearheaded the fight against the "Islamic State" militants with U.S. backing, would be left vulnerable to an imminent attack by Turkey. His statements appeared to contradict those made earlier by Trump.

Kurdish officials, meanwhile, have demanded clarifications from the USA over its intentions.

They have also argued that it would further allow Syrian regime ally Iran to extend its influence across the country and potentially threaten Israel.

Maria Zakharova, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, said it was important for Syrian Kurds and the Syrian government to start talking to each other in light of the United States withdrawal plans.

"When the time and place comes, the terrorists here will also be buried in the ditches and trenches they have dug", the minister said in southern Sanliurfa province.

Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told reporters that territory previously controlled by the United States should be transferred to the Syrian government."In this regard, establishing dialog between the Kurds and Damascus takes on particular significance". The U.S. provided military training and supplied truckloads of weapons to the YPG, disregarding warnings from Ankara that the YPG is organically linked to the PKK, and partnering with one terrorist group to fight another was not acceptable. She said Russian Federation has not seen public statements laying out the USA strategy in Syria and so can not be sure that the serious about leaving.

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