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Friday, Nov 22, 2019

Order for withdrawal of American troops from Syria signed, says US military

US president Donald Trump has declared the jihadist group “largely defeated,” and made the surprise decision to bring US forces home -- a move that many US politicians and international allies fear is premature and would further destabilize the already devastated region.

world Updated: Dec 25, 2018 14:47 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
Washington
US soldiers during a combined joint patrol rehearsal in Manbij, Syria. The order has been signed for the withdrawal of American troops from Syria, where they have been deployed to assist in the war against the Islamic State jihadist group.
US soldiers during a combined joint patrol rehearsal in Manbij, Syria. The order has been signed for the withdrawal of American troops from Syria, where they have been deployed to assist in the war against the Islamic State jihadist group. (AP File Photo)
         

The order has been signed for the withdrawal of American troops from Syria, where they have been deployed to assist in the war against the Islamic State jihadist group, a US military spokesperson said on Sunday.

“The execute order for Syria has been signed,” the spokesperson told AFP, without providing further details.

US president Donald Trump has declared the jihadist group “largely defeated,” and made the surprise decision to bring US forces home -- a move that many US politicians and international allies fear is premature and would further destabilize the already devastated region.

The decision -- which was followed by another to make a significant cut to the number of American troops in Afghanistan -- has prompted the resignation of defence secretary Jim Mattis and US envoy to the international anti-IS coalition Brett McGurk.

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