US withdrawal of troops from Syria begins

US government has acknowledged the start of withdrawal of troops from Syria after eight years of battle and ISIS crisis resulted in various global aggravation of migrants homelessness damage to cities and loss of life’s. AFP reports Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vows Israel will defend itself after US Syriawithdrawal

President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that his country has defeated the Islamic State militant group in Syria, and that this is the only reason for being there.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that US troops have begun returning home as a transition to the next phase.

Trump previously indicated his intention to bring back troops at an early date.

US media quote government officials as saying the administration adopted a plan to move some 2,000 personnel in Syria out of the country completely and swiftly.

The Defense Department also acknowledged the pullout in a statement. It said the campaign against the Islamic State group is not over, and that the US will continue to work with its partners and allies to defeat the group.

The Defense Department and others had been calling for the troop deployment to be continued, citing concern about terrorist groups and greater influence by Iran and Russia on Syria.

Doubts about the decision have been presented by some Republicans, as well as the Democrats.

Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen said in a statement that the decision is dangerous and premature, and argued that it runs counter to what is happening in Syria and advice from the military.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio said that even though the militant group has been weakened significantly it’s not wise to say it has been defeated. He argued that the decision may not have been fully deliberated and is a grave error.

Another Republican, Senator Lindsey Graham, said a US withdrawal at this time would be a big win for Islamic State, Iran, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russia. He expressed concern that the withdrawal would have devastating consequences for the US,

White House said in a statement. However, it added that the move does not mean an end of the military campaign in the war-torn country but marks a “new phase” in the fight against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS).

“These victories over ISIS in Syria do not signal the end of the Global Coalition or its campaign. We have started returning United States troops home as we transition to the next phase of this campaign,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

She also partly echoed an earlier tweet by President Trump, who also said that IS terrorists were defeated while calling the group “the only reason for [the US troops] being there [in Syria].”


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