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Turkey tells U.S. not to leave power vacuum in Syria withdrawal - report

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey’s defense minister told Pentagon officials there must not be a vacuum of power during the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria, state-owned Anadolu news agency reported on Saturday.


Syria Kurds evacuate civilians from IS redoubt, hail Trump troop reversal

NEAR BAGHOUZ, Syria/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Kurdish-led forces in Syria said they would complete the evacuation of thousands of civilians from Islamic State’s last redoubt in the area on Friday, and welcomed a White House reversal of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out all U.S. troops.


Trump agrees to keep about 400 US troops in Syria, official says

(CNN)President Donald Trump has agreed to keep about 400 US troops in Syria after the withdrawal of most US forces there this spring, a senior administration official said Friday.


'Jihadi Jack' watched ISIS carry out ‘horrific’ public executions in Syria

A terror suspect nicknamed Jihadi Jack has revealed he watched "horrific" public executions during his time in the former ISIS stronghold of Raqqa. He said he felt 'repulsed' as he saw fanatics hang victims from bridges or cut off their heads.


Turkish defense minister warns against vacuum of power in Syria: Anadolu

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar told Pentagon officials during a visit to the United States that there must not be a vacuum of power during the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria, state-owned Anadolu news agency reported on Saturday.


Pentagon Says Multinational Force to Establish ‘Safe-Zone’ in Northeastern Syria

US forces are in the outskirts of the Syrian town of Manbij. Pentagon spokesman, Commander Sean Robertson, revealed on February 23 the 200 US troops who will remain in northeastern Syria after the supposed pullout will be a part of a multinational force which will establish a safe zone in the region


Sarah Sanders says Trump is leaving some troops in Syria to ensure peaceful withdrawal

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday that the administration’s decision to leave a small contingent of U.S. troops in Syria was a result of the president’s desire to avoid destabilizing the region.


400 US Troops Staying in Syria to Keep Pressure on ISIS, Protect Kurds

To prevent the resurgence of the Islamic State, about 400 U.S. troops will stay in Syria indefinitely, split between the northeast and the existing U.S. base at Al-Tanf near the Jordanian border, Pentagon officials said Friday afternoon.


What withdrawal? Hundreds of US troops to remain in Syria

Several hundred U.S. troops will remain in Syria after allied forces clear ISIS fighters out of their last stronghold in the country, a senior administration official told Task & Purpose on Friday.


Trump just reversed his decision to pull all US troops out of Syria

President Donald Trump just reversed one of the biggest decisions of his presidency. As recently as December, he had vowed to bring all 2,000 American troops home from Syria — he even tweeted a video of himself announcing the move. But months of backlash from lawmakers in both parties, military lead


U.S. to leave about 200 troops in Syria, White House says

About 200 U.S. troops will remain in Syria after the withdrawal of most U.S. military forces from the country, the White House said Thursday. President Donald Trump declared in December that "we have won against ISIS" and that he would pull all of the 2,000 or so U.S. troops from the country, an ann


US expected to leave a 'small peacekeeping group' of 200 troops in Syria after pullout, White House says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will leave "a small peacekeeping group" of 200 American troops in Syria for a period of time after a US pullout, the White House said on Thursday.


About 200 US troops to stay in Syria following Trump's order for 'full' removal

(CNN)The White House said Thursday that a small contingent of US troops will remain in Syria following President Donald Trump's order for a "full" withdrawal of the American military from the country.


About 200 U.S. peacekeepers are to remain in Syria

A peacekeeping group of about 200 will remain in Syria after the U.S. withdraws troops, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday. The timeline for withdrawing troops, however, remains unclear, and the Trump administration has yet to announce the total defeat of the caliphate in Syria,


Trump reverses course, to keep up to 400 U.S. troops in Syria

Despite President trump’s December withdrawal announcement, top U.S. defense officials said Friday said a roughly 400-strong U.S. force — including possibly ground troops — will be staying in Syria for the foreseeable future.


US allies ignore Trump’s appeal for troops in Syria

When Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria late last year, the president apparently didn’t feel the need to talk about his new policy with key officials and policymakers. Key members of Congress, for example, were blindsided by the news.


U.S. to keep 10 percent of its fighting forces in Syria, reversing Trump’s planned full withdrawal

WASHINGTON — About 200 U.S. troops will remain in Syria for the foreseeable future, a reversal of White House plans for a full withdrawal from the war-torn country, after lawmakers voiced concerns about the security ramifications of a hasty retreat.


Trump to leave 200 US troops in Syria as 'peacekeeping' force

The Trump administration will leave 200 U.S. troops in Syria to act as “a small peacekeeping group” for an unknown amount of time after it pulls most forces from the country, the White House said on Thursday.


Syria war: US to leave 200 troops for peacekeeping after withdrawal

The US military will keep 200 troops in Syria to serve as a peacekeeping force after it pulls out most of its soldiers, the White House says. President Donald Trump has come under fierce criticism for his decision last December to withdraw 2,000 troops.


Operation to end last IS Syria pocket hits evacuation snag

NEAR BAGHOUZ, Syria (Reuters) - The operation to destroy Islamic State’s final vestige of rule in Iraq and Syria hit a temporary snag on Thursday, as an expected evacuation of the remaining civilians from its last enclave in eastern Syria did not go ahead.