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US military removes some equipment from Syria: official

AFP  |  Washington 

The has removed some equipment from Syria, a defence confirmed Thursday, following a report that the drawdown ordered by is now underway.

"I can confirm the movement of equipment from Syria," the told AFP.

"For security reasons, I am not going to provide further details at this time."

Trump's shock announcement on December 19 that he was withdrawing all 2,000 American troops from the conflict-wracked Middle Eastern country concerned allies and prompted the resignation of his then

Since then, however, administration officials appear to have walked back considerably and the current envisaged timetable is unclear.

The removal of the equipment in recent days was first reported by CNN, which quoted an with direct knowledge of the operation as saying it signalled the beginning of US withdrawal from the Middle Eastern country.

The official quoted by would not describe exactly what the cargo was or how it was being transported.

They also did not say what part of it came from, though it is expected the drawdown would begin in the country's north.

The report added that officials it had previously spoken to said the wants to signal to the it is working towards his goals following his withdrawal decision last month.

Though the removal of troops is not on the cards immediately, withdrawing equipment is a means of showing progress towards this goal, it added.

On Sunday, set out stringent conditions for the proposed withdrawal, saying the defence of allies must first be assured.

"We're going to be discussing the president's decision to withdraw, but to do so from northeast in a way that makes sure that is defeated and is not able to revive itself and become a threat again," Bolton said when meeting Israeli in

Speaking in Egypt Thursday, stressed the troop pullout from would go ahead as he urged nations to forge a common stand against

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 08:55 IST