U.S. forces will withdraw from its base in the Syrian area of al-Tanaf near the border with Iraq as a part of the White House’s decision to withdraw all U.S. service members from the war torn country, an official in the Pentagon told the Washington-based Alhurra TV.
“The withdraw from Syria will includes the al-Tanaf base and the 55k [de-escalation] zone in a later stage,” Alhurrah quoted the official as saying.
The official added that the U.S. will continue to work with its proxies in al-Tanaf for the time being and warned that the upcoming withdraw will create a vacuum that will “benefit Russia and Iran.”
Citing an U.S. official, the Reuters news agency reported that the time-frame for U.S. troops pullout from Syria is expected to be between 60 to 100 days. U.S. State Department personnel are already being evacuated from the country, according to the agency.
Russia reportedly established a base in the area of Zaza right on the 55km de-escalation zone line around al-Tanaf base earlier this month in order to pressure the U.S. The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) also stepped up its military presence around the zone and foiled an infiltration attempt by US-backed forces after killing three of their fighters.
The withdraw of U.S. forces from al-Tanaf will allow the reopening of the strategic Damascus-Baghdad highway. The humanitarian crisis in the nearby al-Rukban refugee camp will also end as the civilians there will be allowed to return to their towns and villages.