US troops begin to pull out of Syria, says official

The military coalition led by the United States in in Syria has begun the process of withdrawing troops from the conflict region, a US defense official told Fox News on Friday.

deliberate withdrawal from Syria, "said Colonel Sean Ryan, spokesman for the coalition fighting the Islamic State.

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"For operational security reasons, we will not discuss specific deadlines, locations, or troop movements," Ryan said in a statement to The Associated Press.

The withdrawal appears to have begun on Thursday evening, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which is charged with monitoring the conflict in Syria. through activists on the ground. A convoy of about 10 armored vehicles and trucks came out of Rmeilan, Syria, to go to Iraq and go there.

The first withdrawals took place in the confusion surrounding plans to implement the withdrawal of the president Donald Trump . Turkey's threats to attack the Kurds, allies of the United States in the fighting against ISIS.

Trump's decision to send troops back to Syria provoked a shock wave in the region under control and led to the resignation of Defense Secretary James Mattis.

National Security Advisor John Bolton said on Sunday that US troops would not leave northeastern Syria until ISIS is defeated and the US-backed Kurds protected. The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also sought to reassure the Kurds that they will be safe once the United States has completely withdrawn.

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Lucas Tomlinson of Fox News and the Associated Press contributed to the writing of this report.

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