U.S. withdraws some military equipment from Syria

U.S. withdraws some military equipment from Syria

U.S. withdraws some military equipment from Syria

In a statement, it said the USA -led Operation Inherent Resolve "has begun the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria".

Col. Sean Ryan, spokesman for the US -coalition fighting ISIS, says the USA started 'the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria'. He said the USA will not discuss a specific timeline, locations or troop movements out of concern for operational security. It says about 10 armored vehicles and other equipment arrived at a US base in al-Rmelan, in al-Hasaka province.

Confirmation of the first withdrawals comes amid confusion over plans to implement Trump's pullout order and threats from Turkey to attack Kurdish fighters, who have been America's partners on the ground in the war against the Islamic State group in Syria.

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton suggested on Tuesday that protecting the Kurds would be a pre-condition of the USA withdrawal, drawing a rebuke from Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan who called his comments "a serious mistake".

National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have both visited countries in the region to explain the shift in USA policy.

In addition, a US official this week said American forces won't be withdrawing from the al-Tanf military base in southern Syria at this time.

The US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said the move had "dangerous implications" for stability, would "negatively affect the campaign against terrorism" and create "a political and military vacuum".

The military would not give any detail of the overall timetable for the American withdrawal nor which positions USA troops had begun pulling back from.

The massive, Wasp-class vessel, capable of carrying over 1,800 troops and/or dozens of armoured vehicles in its 13,600 square-foot well deck, was sent toward Syria along with other US Navy vessels to support the expected withdrawal, according to the newspaper.

Trump's decision to leave Syria, which he initially said would be rapid but later slowed down, shocked US allies and angered the Kurds in Syria, who are vulnerable to attack by Turkey.

Zakharova also said Russian Federation remains committed to an agreement it had struck with Turkey to stabilize a de-escalation zone in Syria's Idlib province, but Moscow is anxious by an increase in the number of ceasefire violations there.

Earlier this week in Irbil, the capital of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, he said it's important that the United States "do everything we can to ensure that those folks that fought with us are protected".

On an unannounced visit to troops stationed near the Syrian border Friday morning, Turkey's defense minister Hulusi Akar reiterated Ankara is "determined" to fight Kurdish militias it considers terrorists and said military preparations were ongoing.

But Bolton said Friday during a radio interview that talks are ongoing between the USA military and Turkey regarding the Kurdish forces that have battled IS.

The U.S. has about 5,200 troops in Iraq to assist its security forces, and Trump has given no indication he intends to withdraw them any time soon.

State TV said in its Friday night report that explosions were clearly heard in Damascus. Russia, the Syrian government's most vital ally, would be happy to see the USA pull out entirely of the war-torn country, where it has military bases and a significant troop presence.

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