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United States military begin to withdraw from Syria: US military official

The United States-led military coalition in Syria has begun its process of withdrawal of the US troops from the region, a US military official said on Friday, further declining to provide information of military withdrawal.

According to Reuters news reports, spokesperson for the coalition fighting the Islamic State group Colonel Sean Ryan said the coalition “has begun the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria. Out of concern for operational security, we will not discuss specific timelines, locations or troop movements”.

RIA news agency reported Russia, who deployed its military force into Syria to support the Damascus government, said it had an impression that the US did not want to leave Syria despite US President Donald Trump’s announcement of the withdrawal of US troops from Syria.

Residents near the Syrian border crossings said they had not seen any large-scale movement of the US military forces on Friday. Turkey has yesterday announced to pursue its military operations against the US-backed Kurdish militia forces in Syria.

On Tuesday, the US national security advisor John Bolton has suggested that Kurdish forces would be a pre-condition of the US troops withdrawal, that has drawn a strong rebuke from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who called Bolton’s comment “a serious mistake”.

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