Withdrawal of US troops from Syria to take months: US officials

December 27, 2018 11:19 pm0 commentsViews: 138

Following the surprise announcement of president Trump to withdrawing troops from Afghanistan and Syria, a withdrawal plan is being drafted by the US military and it is learned the implementation could take several months.

US officials said Thursday no final decisions have been reached by now about pace of withdrawal of from Syria, where 2,000 US troops have been deployed.

Defense Secretary James Mattis lately signed a withdrawal without mentioning a timetable. The order will be implemented by U.S. Central Command.

However, following Trump’s announcement US officials said the troops would be called back in 30 days. With an update the officials add as plans have been developed the pace could be slower than earlier thought, could be several months, and new plan has been presented to the military’s chain of command calls.

In his surprise Iraq visit Thursday Trump said to stationed US troops, “There will be a strong, deliberate and orderly withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria.”

He added further that military presence will be maintained in Iraq “to prevent an ISIS resurgence and to protect U.S. interests and also to watch very closely over any potential reformation of ISIS and also to watch over Iran.”

US officials reveal withdrawal from Syria is in line to the protection of US troops and coalition aircraft will continue to conduct airstrikes during the process.

However, it is yet to be known whether air operations will still target the ISIS even after withdrawal.

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