An American military official says the US -led military coalition has begun the process of withdrawing troops from Syria.
"Out of concern for operational security, we will not discuss specific timelines, locations or troops movements", he said in a statement emailed to The Associated Press.
The decision has injected new uncertainties into the eight-year long Syrian war and a flurry of contacts over how a resulting security vacuum will be filled across a swathe of northern and eastern Syria where the USA forces are stationed.
Other analysts argued that it would be wrong for Trump to abandon USA allies the Kurds, who have been instrumental in fighting ISIS, because Turkey would likely launch an attack against them. Other military officials suggested that the withdrawal of troops would be completed more slowly when the battle against ISIS was over.
America "will use diplomacy and work with our partners to expel every last Iranian boot" from Syria and bolster efforts "to bring peace and stability to the long-suffering Syrian people", he said during a speech in Egypt. This, she said, includes putting an end to the Turkish threats and fully eradicating the Islamic State group and its sleeper cells.
Trump's decision to remove troops from Syria sent shockwaves through the embattled region and led to the resignation of Defense Secretary James Mattis. It also led to major criticism that the US was abandoning its local Kurdish allies amid Turkish threats of an imminent attack.
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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is now on a Middle East tour to reassure allies about US plans to withdraw troops from Syria.
The White House has not yet publicly altered it's most recent criteria, those announced by Bolton a week ago: that ISIS must be defeated and the Kurdish forces' security guaranteed before the American troops all come out.
While the USA military pullout is now officially underway it has made a slow start. "No different from my original statements, we will be leaving at a proper pace while at the same time continuing to fight ISIS and doing all else that is prudent and necessary!". Both had declared that the United States would not leave unless ISIS was entirely defeated and Turkey agreed not to attack Syrian Kurds. The withdrawal benefits Syrian President Bashar Assad and his worldwide backers, Russian Federation and Iran, who are primed to move into the region to fill a vacuum left behind by the Americans.
President Donald Trump confirmed a Syria withdrawal Sunday, but shifted slightly on the timing, saying "we won't be finally pulled out until [the Islamic State] is gone".
Speaking to reporters in Moscow Friday, she said it appears to Moscow that the U.S.
In the weeks following his announcement, Mr Trump has given differing signals over the future of USA involvement in the country.