Withdrawal from Syria begun

‘We Don’t Take Orders From Bolton’: Pentagon Plans Syria Withdrawal

U.S. Syria withdrawal officially underway, expected to take 3-4 months

Cavusoglu said Washington made a decision to withdraw its troops from Syria after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's firm stance against removing threat coming to Turkey from east of the Euphrates River in Syria. National Security Advisor John Bolton conditioned the exit on guarantees from Turkey not to attack the group - angering Ankara.

President Donald Trump announced last month the decision to withdraw 2,000 USA troops who have deployed to Syria in support of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militia, which have spearheaded the fight against the IS group.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis had resigned immediately after Trump's claim in December that the Islamic State group had been defeated.

"Russia, Iran and Syria have been the biggest beneficiaries of the long term us policy of destroying ISIS in Syria - natural enemies", Trump continued.

Russia's foreign ministry said Friday that it suspected the USA government was really intent on maintaining a military force inside Syria indefinitely, in spite of the pullout officially being announced by the Americans.

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The president defended his decision to withdraw troops, saying any remaining IS fighters could be attacked from an unspecified "existing nearby base".

Pompeo's remarks in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, come after the Pentagon announced Friday that "the process of our deliberate withdrawal" had begun.

Washington's top diplomat on Saturday said he was "optimistic" a way could be found to protect Syrian Kurds while allowing Turks to "defend their country from terrorists" despite a United States pullout from Syria.

Turkey has criticized the USA working with the terrorist PKK/PYD to fight Daesh, saying that using one terror group to fight another makes no sense.

Russia, which has deployed forces into Syria in support of the Damascus regime, said it had the impression that the United States wanted to stay despite the announced withdrawal of USA troops, RIA news agency reported.

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"We also benefit but it is now time to bring our troops back home".

US airstrikes against IS in Syria began in September 2014, and ground troops moved in the following year in small numbers. The result is a head-spinning sequence that has left both friends and foes confused and ensured that local tribal leaders will nearly certainly never trust the USA again, even if we have to go back into Syria to demolish more ISIS positions as they reconstitute. Ankara sees the YPG Kurdish fighting units of the SDF as an extension of the outlawed Kurdish PKK movement that for decades has waged an insurgency inside Turkey.

"It is not possible for us to swallow the message Bolton gave from Israel", Erdogan said in the Turkish Parliament after refusing to meet with Bolton on his visit to Turkey.

Mr Erdogan told MPs from his governing Justice and Development Party that the U.S. did not know who the various Kurdish groups were, adding: "If the USA evaluates them as "Kurdish brothers" then they are in a serious delusion".

Just because a "couple thousand uniform personnel" will be leaving Syria, Pompeo said, doesn't mean that USA interests have changed.

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