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Trump administration plans to immediately withdraw US troops from Syria, says defense officers

Missy Ryan Reports covering the Pentagon, military issues and national security 19th of December at 9:26 pm The Trump administration has decided to pull all US troops from Syria, said a defense chief on Wednesday. The official, who spoke on terms of anonymity to discuss a decision that has not yet been announced, said the decision was taken on Tuesday and would cover the entire strength of more than 2,000 US officials. President Trump has long promised to end the campaign against the Islamic state and has questioned the value of expensive and dangerous military missions abroad. But US troops, working with Syrian partner forces, have been fighting to eradicate remaining pockets of militants in central Syria. An abrupt US recall would ask questions about whether the militants could more easily recover strength. The unexpected White House moves as tension increases strongly with NATO Allied Turkey, which has promised to launch a military offensive against the US partner forces in Syria, which Ankara considers to be part of a Kurdish terrorist group. The revocation is expected to take place as quickly as possible, said the official. The Wall Street Journal reported last Wednesday that US troops should be removed from northeastern Syria.

The Trump administration has decided to pull all US troops from Syria, said a defense chief on Wednesday.

The official, who spoke on terms of anonymity to discuss a decision that has not yet been announced, said the decision was taken on Tuesday and would cover the entire strength of more than 2,000 US officials.

President Trump has long promised to end the campaign against the Islamic state and has questioned the value of expensive and dangerous military missions abroad. But US troops, working with Syrian partner forces, have been fighting to eradicate remaining pockets of militants in central Syria. An abrupt US recall would ask questions about whether the militants could more easily recover strength.

The unexpected White House moves as tension increases strongly with NATO Allied Turkey, which has promised to launch a military offensive against the US partner forces in Syria, which Ankara considers to be part of a Kurdish terrorist group.

The revocation is expected to take place as quickly as possible, said the official.

The Wall Street Journal reported last Wednesday that US troops should be removed from northeastern Syria.

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