BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 A.M.) – The U.S. military will fully withdraw from the Al-Tanf base in the southeastern countryside of the Homs Governorate, a rebel commander at the Al-Tanf base told Buzzfeed News Agency this week.
Citing the rebel commander Muhannad Al-Talla at the Al-Tanf base, Buzzfeed reported that the U.S. military would fully withdraw from the region, adding that they have already begun removing equipment.
This move by the U.S. military comes just 24 hours after President Donald Trump announced that his country’s forces would be completely withdrawing from Syria in the coming days.
The Al-Tanf region was the U.S.’ only protectorate that was absent of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) inside Syria.
Al-Tanf was captured by the U.S.-backed New Syrian Army (NSA) after they launched a desert offensive from the Iraqi border in 2016.
Since its capture by the rebel forces, the U.S. military has built a base near the Iraqi border, prompting outrage from the Syrian government and their Russian allies.