US Exit from Syria Starts with Equipment, Not Troops

Posted on January 11, 2019 11:28 am

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The United States’ withdrawal from Syria is getting under way but, at least for now, it does not involve some 2,000 U.S. troops on the ground, who are aiding in the fight against the Islamic State terror group. “Equipment, not troops,” a defense official told VOA on Friday, describing the initial stages of the pullout. The Pentagon first gave word of the start of the withdrawal late Thursday. In a statement, it said the U.S.-led Operation Inherent Resolve “has begun the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria.” “Out of concern for operational security, we will not discuss specific timelines,