Col. Sean Ryan, spokesman to USA -led military coalition in Syria, has confirmed that that they had begun the process of withdrawing troops from Syria.
Confirmation of the first withdrawals comes amid confusion over plans to implement Trump's pullout order and threats from Turkey to attack Kurdish fighters, who have been America's partners on the ground in the war against the Islamic State group in Syria.
"We will withdraw our forces, our uniformed forces, from Syria and continue America's crushing campaign", Pompeo told reporters.
US forces' vehicles and structures are seen on the outskirts of the northern Syrian town of Manbij on December 26, 2018.
The U.S.is reportedly beginning the process of withdrawing troops from Syria. "Out of concern for operational security, we will not discuss specific timelines, locations or troop movements", Colonel Sean Ryan said.
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This is a developing story. "We will very soon mobilize to eliminate the terrorist organization in Syria", he said."If there are other terrorists who would attempt to intervene in our intervention then it is our duty to eliminate them as well", Erdogan added.
In the past 24 hours, US forces have withdrawn 10 vehicles and 150 personnel from the Rmelan military base, one of the first installations the USA -led coalition established in Syria in 2014, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
News of the first steps of a withdrawal come as the U.S.is negotiating with Turkey about guaranteeing protections for US -allied Kurdish fighters. Turkey views the Kurdish YPG militia, which forms the core of the SDF force, as a national security threat.
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Ankara says it is preparing an assault in Northern Syria.
"It is not possible for us to swallow the message Bolton gave from Israel", Erdogan said in the Turkish Parliament after refusing to meet with Bolton on his visit to Turkey. Within the Trump administration, disagreement over the pullout quickly led to the resignations of both Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Brett McGurk, the president's special envoy to the coalition fighting ISIS. The lira fell sharply Tuesday on fears of renewed U.S. They described the draw-down at the base, held by USA forces for the past two years, as "slow and steady".
The US president concluded: "Our troops are coming home!"
A US military official spoke Friday of the withdrawal process, but declined to comment on specific timetables or movements.
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