The US-led military coalition in Syria began withdrawing troops from the contested region, a US defense official told Fox News on Friday.
The US began "the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria". said Col. Sean Ryan, a coalition spokesman who fights against the Islamic State.
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"For safety reasons, we will not discuss specific schedules, locations or troop movements," Ryan said in a statement to the Associated Press. [19659005TheretreatappearedtohavebegunonThursdayeveningaccordingtotheSyrianHumanRightsObservatorywhichismonitoringtheconflictinSyriabylocalactivistswithaconvoyofabouttenarmoredvehiclesandsometrucksmovingfromSyrianRmeilantowardsIraqandintotheIraq
The first retreat occurred in confusion over plans to implement the executive order of President Donald Trump and threats from Turkey to attack the Kurds ̵
Trump's decision to force troops from Syria shocked shockwaves through the embattled region and led to the resignation of Defense Minister J Ames Mattis.
US National Security Advisor John Bolton said US troops would not leave northeastern Syria Sunday until IS defeated and US-backed Kurds were protected. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has also tried to assure the Kurds that they are safe after the US is completely withdrawn.
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There are 2,000 US troops in Syria.
Lucas Tomlinson and the Associated Press of Fox News have contributed to this report.