US pulling arms, not men, out of Syria

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - Worldwide -

The US mil­i­tary says it has started pulling equip­ment, but not troops, out of Syria as a first step in meet­ing Don­ald Trump’s de­mand for a full mil­i­tary with­drawal.

The an­nounce­ment is fu­elling con­cern about how quickly the US will aban­don its for­mer Kur­dish al­lies, amid con­tra­dic­tory state­ments re­cently by Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials on an exit timetable.

The with­drawal be­gan with ship­ments of mil­i­tary equip­ment, but in com­ing weeks, a con­tin­gent of about 2,000 troops is ex­pected to de­part even as the White House says it will keep pres­sure on the so-called Is­lamic State group.

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