The United States will begin to withdraw more than two thousand of its troops from Syria in the near future. This was confirmed on Sunday, February 10, the head of the Central command of the US Armed forces, General Joseph Votel.
“It is probably about weeks, “he said, adding that” everything will depend on the operational situation ” in Syria.
Since February 9, Kurdish paramilitary groups, with the support of the US-led international anti-terrorist coalition, have been attacking the last Bastion of the “Islamic state” in the province of Deir ez-Zor.
“We do not want to keep people on the ground that we do not need and are not involved in an active mission,” said Votel.
According to him,” it is easier to withdraw soldiers than equipment”, and at the moment, with the support of additional forces transferred to the region, the latter task is being solved.
Resignations at the Pentagon
In December 2018, the US President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of the US troops from Syria. He explained this decision by the fact that the victory over the terrorists has already been won. Shortly after the announcement of Trump’s Minister of defense James Mattis and the special representative of the United States in the fight against ISIS Brett Mcguirk has resigned.
In January of this year, the US Secretary of state Michael Pompeo and a representative of the coalition said that the US military began to leave Syria. Washington did not disclose the details of the withdrawal plan, citing security concerns.