The U.S. -led coalition in Syria is beginning to withdraw troops from the country.
The start of the withdrawal was confirmed this morning by Colonel Sean Ryan, the spokesman for US-led operations against Isis in Iraq and Syria. He said the USA will not discuss a specific timeline, locations or troop movements out of concern for operational security.
USA troops have begun withdrawing from Syria, compounding weeks of confusion over Donald Trump's policy in the Middle East and raising fears over the fate of America's Kurdish allies.
US National Security Adviser John Bolton suggested on Tuesday that protecting the Kurds would be a pre-condition of the US withdrawal, drawing a rebuke from Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, who called his comments "a serious mistake".
Speaking in Egypt Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stressed the troop pullout from Syria would go ahead as he urged Middle East nations to forge a common stand against Tehran.
After days of conflicting statements about a timeline for President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw American forces from Syria, a United States defence official says the process has begun with the removal of some military cargo.
Foreign allies, including the Kurdish-led force that has spearheaded Washington's fight against the Islamic State, say they had not received warning about the withdrawal announcement, and administration officials initially offered differing timetables for its completion.
"Although we made a clear agreement with U.S. President Trump, different voices are emerging from different parts of the administration", Erdogan said this week as Bolton wrapped up his visit.
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"However, we will confirm that there has been no redeployment of military personnel from Syria to date".
A senior Kurdish politician says the Kurds are aware of the USA beginning to withdraw from Syria, describing it as "America's decision".
"When the time and place comes, the terrorists here will be buried in the ditches they have dug, as was done in previous operations", Akar told the Turkish troops.
State TV said in its Friday night report that explosions were clearly heard in Damascus.
Global players in the conflict have been in talks about the future of former USA territory in Syria.
Russian Federation said it was beginning to suspect the United States did not actually want to leave.
US troops have been involved in Syria's war since 2014 when the first elite force arrived in the country to advise Kurdish-led fighters who were involved in battles against the Islamic State group.
But Bolton said Friday during a radio interview that talks are ongoing between the US military and Turkey regarding the Kurdish forces that have battled IS.