Outgoing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has been ordered to pull all American troops out of Syria in the coming weeks, a senior defense official told Fox News Sunday.
Pentagon officials refused to discuss details of some 2,000 US troops in Syria.
Hours later, after President Trump "defeated" the terrorist network of the Islamic State in Syria, plans were set in motion and all American diplomats and soldiers were ordered outside the country.
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Trump engaged in campaign meetings last spring. US troops would leave Syria "very soon".
While the US military wants to leave Syria, there are no plans to withdraw Syria from 5,000 American troops in neighboring Iraq. Some of these special forces could be used as needed for raids against "high-quality targets" in Syria from bases in Iraq, officials said.
The last fortress of the IS in eastern Syria is the city of Hajin, not far from the Iraqi border. US and Allied artillery continue to fire at IS positions in Iraq. US-led coalition air strikes continue to go against the terrorist army in Syria.
However, the question remains as to what will happen if all American forces are outside Syria. "Challenges are at hand," said a US official. At present, no Kurdish or Arab fighters of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) can carry out American air strikes.
It is not clear whether the SDF will continue to receive arms and money from the United States to help the Air Force fight against ISIS.
Trump said in a Sunday tweet that the US withdrawal from Syria was "slow and highly coordinated" after speaking to his Turkish counterpart. His second call with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan since December 1
The Turkish president called the Kurdish-dominated SDF a terrorist organization because of its ties to a Kurdish separatist group in Turkey, which has killed thousands of people in recent decades.
In a separate Sunday tweet, President Trump said Mattis was leaving on January 1, forcing him two months earlier than expected.
American military officials have said the SDF is the best allied force in Syria to destroy ISIS. Today, ISIS controls only one percent of the area it once owned in Syria and Iraq – an area that is at the height of Ohio – also because of the alliance of the US military with the SDF in Syria.
Critic of the President's decision To withdraw from Syria, it was said that ISIS has not yet been defeated – and the legislature called on Trump not to repeat the mistakes of former President Obama, as in 2011, all US troops from Iraq were deducted, which led to the emergence of the IS.
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Some officials said the hundreds of American special forces in Syria had exceeded their goals and could be reinstated. Others have said it would be a betrayal of the Kurdish and Arab fighters who are loyal to the US military, now leaving Syria. Hundreds of Kurdish SDF fighters were killed in the fight against IS in Syria.
US. Air strikes began in Syria against ISIS in 2014, a year before US troops were grounded.
Trump's envoy to the ISIS coalition, Brett McGurk, resigned one day on Friday after Mattis announced his resignation.
French and British special The forces will remain in Syria, according to the defense ministries of both countries. Air strikes from these nations are continuing.