Monday, February 11, 2019

CENTCOM Commander Says U.S. Pullout From Syria Likely To Begin Within Weeks

RFE: U.S. Commander: Syria Pullout Likely To Begin Within Weeks

The Pentagon commander in charge of U.S. forces in the Middle East says the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria will likely begin within “weeks.”

General Joseph Votel, chief of the U.S. Central Command, tempered his comments on February 10 by saying the exact timing would depend on the situation in the country, where some 2,000 U.S. troops have been assisting a Syrian Arab and Kurdish alliance fighting against the remnants of Islamic State (IS) insurgents.

When asked if the pullout would occur within days or weeks, Votel said, "Probably weeks. But again, it will all be driven by the situation on the ground."

There has been conflicting information regarding the pullout, with some reports stating that the withdrawal has already begun.

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WNU Editor: I do not think the U.S. withdrawal will be as quick as General Votel is predicting. The situation is still fluid, and anything is still possible.

More News On General Votel Saying The U.S. Pullout From Syria Will Likely To Begin Within Weeks

Withdrawal of U.S. forces in Syria likely to start in 'weeks': U.S. general -- Reuters
Trump’s new Syria timetable raises concern among key anti-ISIS allies -- The Hill
US general: Troops could begin leaving Syria in weeks -- Times of Israel
Top US general begins farewell tour amid orders to withdraw from Syria, Afghanistan -- CNN
'Tens of thousands of fighters in Syria and Iraq': Top US commander issues warning as he visits the region - as Donald Trump plans to withdraw US troops -- Daily Mail
Votel: "Tens of thousands" of ISIS fighters in Syria and Iraq -- CNN

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