According to the New York Times on November 11, a U.S. military spokesman said the same day that the United States has begun to withdraw from Syria.
Just Sunday, President Trumps National Security Adviser Bolton said withdrawal was conditional and that the U.S. military might be stationed there for months or even years. Trump changed his name that day, saying that he had never considered withdrawing so quickly.
Its time to take those great young people home! On 19 January, Trump proudly ordered in front of the camera that 2,000 U.S. soldiers would be withdrawn from Syria within 30 days.
According to the New York Times, Col. Sean Ryan, a spokesman for the U.S. -led coalition against Islamic States (IS), unexpectedly announced in a statement that the withdrawal had begun.
Colonel Ryan said the coalition forces had begun our deliberate process of withdrawing troops from Syria. He added that no further information would be provided on specific timelines, locations or troop movements.
Reported that just a few days after Boltons remarks, as well as Turkeys announcement to enter Syria, the statement further exacerbated the chaotic atmosphere of Washingtons policy towards Syria.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova said in Moscow on November 11 that the U.S. military statement heightened the Kremlins doubts that the United States would soon withdraw from Syria, according to Russian Interfax News Agency.
Washington seems to be looking for reasons to stay, she said. I cant believe theyre going to leave there as much as you do, because weve never seen an official strategy.
The New York Times reported that after Trumps call for a rapid withdrawal, discussions within his government led to a prolonged timetable as U.S. diplomats were looking for a way to protect U.S. Kurdish allies from Turkeys attacks and allow Turkey to take over the fight against jihadis.
According to Russian Satellite Network news on January 8, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Karin said that Turkey would inform the United States if it carried out military operations in Syria, but would not seek the consent of the United States.
Earlier, as soon as Trumps withdrawal plan was announced, it was besieged by many Republicans. Allies including Britain and France also came forward to criticize it, and attracted the resignation of Defense Minister Matisse.
Source: Responsible Editor of Observer Network: Qian Mingxiao_NBJ10675