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AP Source: US Troops Leaving Syria to Move to Iraq, Kuwait

AP Source: US Troops Leaving Syria to Move to Iraq, Kuwait
A Syrian boy selling snacks looks at a U.S. soldier standing guard on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey in September. (Maya Alleruzzo/AP)

Tuesday, 15 October 2019 12:07 PM

A U.S. official says the approximately 1,000 U.S. troops being withdrawn from northern Syria will reposition in Iraq, Kuwait, and possibly Jordan.

The official spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive planning for a U.S. pullout amid heavy fighting between Turkish and Syrian Kurdish forces.

The official said the American troops have pulled out of the Manbij area, where U.S. outposts were set up in 2017. Troops are consolidating their positions to prepare to fly out of the country soon.

U.S. troops based in Iraq could conduct cross-border operations against the Islamic State group in Syria as they did before creating the now-abandoned partnership with Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, the official added.

The White House announced a week ago that U.S. forces in northeast Syria would move aside and clear the way for an expected Turkish assault, essentially abandoning the Kurds who fought alongside American forces against Islamic State militants.

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A U.S. official says the approximately 1,000 U.S. troops being withdrawn from northern Syria will reposition in Iraq, Kuwait, and possibly Jordan.The official spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive planning for a U.S....
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