Led coalition says Syria troop withdrawal has begun

Turkish president slams US over mixed message

Turkish president slams US over mixed message

"Timetables or the timing of the withdrawal occurs as a result of the fulfillment of the conditions and the establishment of the circumstances that we want to see", Bolton said Sunday, which struck a different tone than the December 19 announcement White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders made, in which she said the USA had already begun pulling American troops.

"This is the first such pullout of American forces since the USA president's announcement" of a full troop withdrawal from Syria last month, he said. Trump's abrupt decision in December to pull them, declaring in a tweet the defeat of IS, sent shockwaves across the region and led to the resignation of United States defense secretary James Mattis and the top United States envoy to the anti-IS coalition.

The coalition "has begun the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria. Out of concern for operational security, we will not discuss specific timelines, locations or troop movements", Colonel Sean Ryan said.

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. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is on a tour of the region, has also sought to reassure the Kurds that they will be safe after U.S. troops withdraw from the country. Turkey views the Kurdish YPG militia, which forms the core of the SDF force, as a national security threat. Syria's deputy foreign minister said on Wednesday he was optimistic about renewed dialogue with the Kurds.

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"They have said that the pullout will be done in a slower way.in all likelihood because of the various pressure that it might have had including from France".

American troops sent to help with the pullout are reportedly already in the region, specifically in Kuwait and the al-Asad air base in Iraq.

"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.

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