President Donald Trump will announce that the U.S. will withdraw troops from Syria on Wednesday, two U.S. officials confirm.There is no timeline yet for the pace of the withdrawal, the officials said. But a separate U.S. official told ABC News it would be dependent on the security environment for the American units, so that it's safe for them to leave. Defense Secretary James Mattis has not yet signed the official orders that would trigger the actual withdrawal, that official said, though they have been drafted.The president's move comes after his phone call Friday with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as well as Erodogan's statement that Turkey would launch a military operation against U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria "within a few days."According to a senior Turkish official, Trump told Erdogan during that call that he was planning to pull U.S. troops out of Syria.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks about the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during his weekly parliamentary address, Oct. 23, 2018, in Ankara, Turkey.more +There are about 2,000 U.S. troops in eastern Syria advising and assisting the Kurdish-led Syrian PYD (SDF) in the fight against ISIS. The first U.S. troops arrived in Syria under the Obama administration in October 2015. The original force of 50 U.S. advisers grew to an official level of more than 500, though it had actually grown beyond that figure to approximately 2,000 over the following year.U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Jamie Jarrard (L), thanks Manbij Military Council commander Muhammed Abu Adeel during a visit to a small outpost near the town of Manbij, northern Syria, Feb. 7, 2018.more +Arriving at the Pentagon on Wednesday for meetings with Mattis and other top military officials, Vice President Mike Pence ignored shouted questions from reporters about the possible withdrawal.Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that ISIS has been "defeated," saying it was "my only reason for being there during my presidency."
19 Aralık 2018 - 20:49
Trump to announce US will withdraw troops from Syria: Officials
President Donald Trump will announce that the U.S. will withdraw troops from Syria on Wednesday, two U.S. officials confirm. There is no timeline yet for the pace of the withdrawal, the officials said. But a separate U.S. official told ABC News it would be dependent on the security environment for the American units, so that it's safe for them to leave.
19 Aralık 2018 - 20:49
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