US to withdraw troops from Syria, says media reports

US officials are preparing to withdraw troops from Syria, who are currently engaged in fighting Islamic State, says media reports quoting defence officials.

CNN have learned from one defence official that plans were for a “full” and “rapid” withdrawal from Syria, where there are currently 2,000 US troops on the ground, primarily involved in training fighters against Islamic State.

President Trump had promised to pull US troops from Syria “very soon” in a speech made earlier this year.

Trump tweeted earlier today saying that “we have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency”.

Earlier this month the US-led coalition in Syria released a statement that read: “Any reports indicating a change in the US position with respect” to the US military presence in Syria “is false and designed to sow confusion and chaos.”

A spokesman for the Pentagon, Colonel Rob Manning, said that “at this time, we continue to work by, with and through our partners in the region”, with General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff saying earlier this month that there still thousands of local fighters that the US had to train.

In the last month, the coalition has carried our hundreds of air and artillery strikes targeting ISIS in Syria, and the US-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have had recent success against the terror group, and are reportedly close to capturing the last major town held by ISIS east of the Euphrates.

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