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Dozens Of U.S. Servicemembers Withdrew From Northeast Syria: SANA

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Dozens Of U.S. Servicemembers Withdrew From Northeast Syria: SANA

A convoy of US forces armored vehicles drives near the village of Yalanli, on the western outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Manbij, on March 5, 2017. Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images

Dozens of U.S. service members have withdrawn from northeast Syria to the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on October 10.

According to the state-run news agency, 100 U.S. troops carried in armored vehicles left the region to Kurdistan through the Semalka border crossing in the morning. The troops withdrew in two batches.

Later, a third batch consisting of ten U.S. officers and “foreign experts” withdrew from a key U.S. base near the northeastern city of Rmelan. The troops also headed towards the Kurdistan Region.

Around 1,000 U.S. troops are reportedly deployed in northeast Syria. Earlier this month, U.S. forces withdrew from the border strep with Turkey. The step allowed the Turkish military and its proxies to launch Operation Peace Spring on October 9.

The pullback didn’t affect the number of U.S. forces deployed in Syria, as the troops were redeployed in the southern part of the country’s northeastern region.

The SANA’s report has not been confirmed by the Pentagon or the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which control most of northeast Syria, so far. However, the U.S. may indeed lower the number of its troops in Syria

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