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US begins troops withdrawal from Syria

ANI  |  Washington [USA] 

The has started withdrawing its troops from Syria, a confirmed on Friday.

(NYT) quoted the for the United States-led coalition against the Islamic State, Sean Ryan, as saying that the US-led coalition had "begun the process of our deliberate withdrawal from "

However, the military denied providing any further details regarding the "specific timelines, locations or troop movements."

Donald Trump, who was on his first trip to visit troops stationed in in December last year, defended his decision of pulling out armed forces from stating that the gains against the Islamic State terror group are the reason he can withdraw 2,000 forces from

Trump had also stated that the Islamic State (ISIS) has been destroyed and now he wishes to bring the troops back to their homeland.

"If anybody but did what I did in Syria, which was an loaded mess when I became President, they would be a national hero. is mostly gone, we're slowly sending our troops back home to be with their families, while at the same time-fighting remnants......," Trump tweeted.

The US President's impulsive decision to withdraw troops from Syria was announced on December 19 last year, after declaring the ISIS to have been fully 'destroyed', created a rift between him and the

The previous week, Trump's announced that the US will withdraw its troops from Syria only after defeating ISIS and ensuring that the Kurds are safe.

Bolton, who travelled to to reassure the US ally of the Trump-ordered withdrawal, said there was no stipulated time for the pullout of American forces in Syria, but insisted that it was not an "unlimited commitment.

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 20:20 IST