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.

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I’ll believe it when I see it.

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It kind of makes sense for the Americans to give up Al-Tanf. It was mostly held as a threat to the Syrian Government – look, we can use this base to launch long-range strikes across the desert to support anti-government forces in southern Syria, maybe even infiltrate as far as Damascus. Not any more, the whole area is monitored by the Russians. The base is no longer essential. Besides, there are not that many oilfields down there. It makes more sense to have one or more major bases east of the Euphrates to keep control of the oilfields there. I’m… Read more »

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There are reports from Turkey ? and elsewhere that they are starting to pull out but as the K1 W1 rations says I too will only believe when SAA takes conytol of the total highway to the Iraqi border. { Don’t know what K1 W1 rations are :-)) }