The Pentagon is preparing to deploy 150additional troops in Syria’s northeastern region, the New York Times reported on September 13.
According to the newspaper, the new force will conduct ground patrols with Turkish forces in the region, reversing at least temporarily a withdrawal from Syria that President Donald Trump ordered last December.
The joint U.S.-Turkish patrols are a part of the so-called “peace corridor” agreement, which was reached last month. The agreement is supposed to address Ankara’s security concerns in northeastern Syria, where the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is in control.
Commenting on the New York Times Report, commander Sean Robertson, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Defense told TASS that the U.S. army will not discuss the number of troops deployed in Syria, or the deadline of the supposed withdrawal.
“Although we are working on the implementation of the president’s decree on a thoughtful and coordinated withdrawal of troops from Syria, the level of our forces will be dictated by local conditions. For security reasons, we will not discuss the numbers and deadlines,” The Russian news agency quoted Robertson as saying.
Besides deploying additional troops, several recent reports revealed that the U.S. is building new bases and airfields in northeastern Syria. Earlier this month, the Denmark also announced that it will deploy more service members in the region in the framework of the U.S.-led coalition.
Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northeastern Syria was met with a backlash from senior officials in his administration, the mainstream media and political leaders in Washington. With the deployment of additional troops in the region, it is now clear that the decision is being reversed.