U.S. official says withdrawal from Syria has started

Turkey Stands By Deal To Buy Russian Missiles, Attack Kurds In Syria

Top diplomats in Russian Federation say that they don't believe the Trump administration will pull its troops out of Syria as President Donald Trump said they would, a top official said Wednesday, arguing that advocates of maintaining US troops in Syria have a lot of power in Washington.

Ryan said that the coalition fighting the Islamic State group, the USA started "the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria".

"Out of concern for operational security, we will not discuss specific timelines, locations or troops movements", he said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the conflict in Syria through a network of activists on the ground, said the withdrawal began Thursday night.

Confirmation of the first withdrawals comes amid confusion over plans to implement President Donald Trump's pullout order and threats from Turkey to attack the Kurds, who have been America's partners on the ground in the war against ISIS in Syria.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan publicly blasted national security adviser John Bolton Tuesday for saying the U.S. withdrawal was contingent upon Turkey's pledge not to attack US-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria once American troops go home.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who has been touring the Middle East this week to reassure allies of Washington's commitment to regional security, said on Thursday the withdrawal would not be scuppered despite the Turkish threats.

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Top diplomats in Russian Federation say that they don't believe the Trump administration will pull its troops out of Syria as President Donald Trump said they would.

President Trump shocked nearly everyone - from Congress and the Pentagon, to America's allies and enemies around the world - when he announced the pullout, arguing that the USA was "getting nothing" from its involvement in the country.

But the Baghdad-based official did not give details and it is unclear how many vehicles or troop units had been withdrawn.

Addressing concerns that the USA withdrawal would allow Iranian and Iran-backed forces to remain in Syria and fulfill Tehran's ambition of establishing a strategically important land bridge to the Mediterranean, Mr Pompeo said the U.S. "will use diplomacy and work with our partners to expel every last Iranian boot" from the country. Top U.S. officials were shocked too, among them Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who quit in protest.

US Central Command has come up with an execution plan in order to safely withdraw troops there, officials tell CNN.

However, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the Turkish offensive would go ahead whether USA troops were in the area or not. If not, the Trump administration would be accused of abandoning an ally to a grim fate.

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