The US navy has began shifting non-essential tools out of Syria, however it isn’t withdrawing troops for now, a defence official stated Friday because the Pentagon sought to make clear an earlier assertion.
“We’re not withdrawing troops at this stage,” the official stated on situation of anonymity.
Earlier, US navy spokesman Colonel Sean Ryan had stated the US had begun “the method of our deliberate withdrawal” from Syria.
President Donald Trump final month claimed the Islamic State group had been defeated and stated US troops would return dwelling “now.”
A second US defence official stated the navy had carried out plenty of preparations for a deliberate withdrawal.
“That features planning for the shifting of individuals and tools, preparation of services to just accept retrograde tools,” the official stated, noting that no troops had been withdrawn but.
The Pentagon burdened it could not telegraph its troop actions or give timelines for when they could go away Syria.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights had earlier reported that the coalition had began cutting down its presence at Rmeilan airfield within the notheastern province of Hasakeh.
“On Thursday, some American forces withdrew from the Rmeilan navy base in Hasakeh province,” Rami Abdel Rahman, the pinnacle of the Britain-based monitoring organisation, stated.
“That is the primary such pullout of American forces because the US president’s announcement” of a full troop withdrawal from Syria final month, he stated.
On December 19, Trump stated he had ordered the withdrawal of all US forces in Syria, that are believed to quantity round 2,000.
His announcement, which got here after a telephone name with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was criticised even inside his personal camp and is already having main repercussions on the almost eight-year-old battle.