Reportedly, the move would mean that Washington will have virtually pulled out all its troops from Syria within a few weeks, leaving behind a small garrison at Al Tanf located near the border with Jordan.
Washington DC: Even with the ongoing military operation by Turkey on the Kurdish forces, the United States will withdraw about 1000 more troops from Syria over the next few weeks.
Reportedly, a US official who spoke on the condition of anonymity stated that sparing a small garrison at Al Tanf located near the border with Jordan, nearly all US troops will have pulled out from Syria with this move.
US President Donald Trump had earlier ordered a withdrawal of 50 US troops from the border dividing Turkey and Syria amid the possibility that a Turkish incursion was imminent.
The move cleared the way for a Turkish military incursion into a northern Syria border area aimed at rooting out the Kurdish forces that had been the key American-allied ground force helping to wrest territory from the Islamic State.
Trump has been criticised for his decision to pull back troops, with even Republican lawmakers harshly denouncing decision as a betrayal of the Kurds and a strategic blunder that will weaken American credibility and reverse gains against ISIS.
Last Updated 15, Oct 2019, 12:30 PM IST