Trump Ordered Full Withdrawal of US Troops From Syria: officials
US President Donald Trump has ordered a rapid withdrawal of all 2,000 United States ground troops from Syria within 30 days, officials said Wednesday.
A second official said the withdrawal of troops would be phased out over several weeks and that the American-led airstrike campaign against the ISIS in Syria, which began in 2014, would continue, according to the Washington Post.
That official said the military hoped to rely on Kurdish fighters on the ground to help with targeting.
Officials discussed the emerging policy on condition of anonymity before any announcement from the White House.
As reports suggest that Donald Trump is planning to pull out American troops from the conflict-torn country, he declared victory against ISIS terrorists in Syria.
“We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency,” Trump tweeted Wednesday, using an acronym for the terrorist group.
We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 19, 2018
US President Donald Trump is wrong to say that ISIS (also known as Daesh) has been defeated in Syria, British defense minister, Gavin Williamson said on Wednesday, commenting on Trump's tweet.
Meanwhile, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that Israel will study the US decision and will ensure its own security.
Netanyahu in a statement said he had spoken over the past two days with the US president and secretary of state about their intention to withdraw US forces from Syria.
Trump promised during his presidential campaign to withdraw American troops from Syria, but he agreed in April to give the Defense Department more time to finish the mission.
The US has reportedly more than 2,000 troops stationed in eastern Syria, in addition to several thousand others in the Arab country's north. 101/211