BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 A.M.) – The chief commander of the U.S. Central General Joseph Votel said on Sunday that the U.S. military will likely begin withdrawing their troops from Syria in the coming weeks. Command U.S. media reported on Sunday that a top commander has said that the United States would likely start to withdraw its troops from Syria in weeks.

“Probably weeks. But again, it will all be driven by the situation on the ground,” he was quoted by The New York Times as saying. “In terms of the withdrawal … I think we’re right on track with where we wanted to be.”

“Moving people is easier than moving equipment and so what we’re trying to do right now is again (to) kind of clear out those materials, that equipment, that we do not need,” he added, warning however that the exact timing is still not settled.

Votel told the media that the overall U.S. troops’ number in Iraq “is going to remain more or less steady.”

The U.S. commander’s comments come just days after the Wall Street Journal reported a U.S. official as saying that the American troops would begin withdrawing from Syria in March and complete the task by the end of April.

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gzman501 .

More double talk. Takes time to remove equipment, huh? Then why was the US bringing in yet more in the last week or two? We are still hearing the 2,000 number. Does that include or not include the 600 troops they just sent in? All these questions and many more with no answers. It is also interesting how the US generals and Trump keep mentioning that US troops will remain in Iraq indefinitely…the Iraqis love hearing that. So many direct answers..I think we’re on track…more or less. Does this include Al Tanf?…or do they consider that part of Jordan now?… Read more »