U.S. Starts Withdrawing Troops From Syria but Campaign Not Over, White House Says

Decision on pullout follows Trump’s talk with Erdogan – All State Department personnel to evacuate in next 24 hours – Netanyahu informed by Trump two days ago, says Israel will fend off repercussions

Dec 19, 2018

The White House said on Wednesday that the United States has started sending troops back from Syria but that the move does not signify the end of the campaign or a halt to the work of the global coalition in the war-torn country.

The U.S. is considering a total withdrawal of forces, U.S. officials told Reuters.

All U.S. State Department personnel are being evacuated from Syria within 24 hours, a U.S. official told Reuters.

The official said the U.S. plans to pull military forces out of the country once the final stages of the last operation against Islamic State is complete, and that the time-frame for the troop pullout is expected to be between 60 to 100 days.

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