BREAKING: Planning is underway for a ‘full and rapid’ withdrawal of US troops from Syria, decision made by President Trump, according to a US defense official
— BNL NEWS (@BreakingNLive) December 19, 2018
WASHINGTON—In an abrupt reversal, the U.S. military is preparing to withdraw its forces from northeastern Syria, people familiar with the matter said Wednesday, a move that throws the American strategy in the Middle East into turmoil.
President Trump declares in a tweet that the U.S. mission to defeat the militant group in Syria has been accomplished.
The White House says the troop pullout will “transition to the next phase of this campaign.”
The decision will reportedly take 2,000-plus U.S. servicemembers out of the country, ending the ground strategy against the so-called Islamic State.