"CJTF-OIR has begun the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria", spokesman Colonel Sean Ryan told the AFP news agency in a statement, referring to the US-led anti-Islamic State group (IS) force.
The US says it has begun the process of withdrawing from Syria but Russian Federation cast doubt on the claim Friday, saying it thinks Washington wants to stay in the Arab country. He said the USA will not discuss a specific timeline, locations or troop movements out of concern for operational security.
Separately, the head of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdel Rahman, confirmed that the USA had started withdrawing troops from the airfield base near the town of Rmeilan in northeast Syria on Thursday evening.
It said a convoy of ten armoured vehicles and some trucks had pulled out of Rmeilan, in Syria's north west, into Iraq. It also sparked criticisms that the U.S.is pulling out of Syria before ISIS is truly defeated - abandoning America's Kurdish allies in the region, ceding hard-won influence to neighboring Turkey, and rewarding Russia's intervention alongside the Syrian regime. Ankara considers the presence of well-armed Kurdish forces near its southern border to be a national security threat.
Meanwhile, US National Security Adviser John Bolton on Sunday outlined conditions for US troop departure from Syria, including a provision that Turkey should guarantee the safety of YPG Kurdish militants in Syria.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday there is "no contradiction whatsoever" in the administration's Syria strategy, the Journal reported, declaring the withdrawal will take place.
Meanwhile, Turkey's defense minister Hulusi Akar said on Friday that his country is preparing for an "intense" attack across the Euphrates in Syria, as soon as the Americans withdraw. Trump's decision drew intense criticism that the US was abandoning its local Kurdish allies and led to the resignation of Defense Secretary James Mattis and Brett McGurk, the special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter ISIS.
While he didn't release details, a USA military official recently said equipment is being removed from the region.
A senior Kurdish politician said the Kurds are aware of the US beginning its withdraw process, describing it as "America's decision".
The planned withdrawal of US forces and possible repercussions adds to the turmoil in a region embroiled in a seven-year-old civil war that has displaced millions and killed at least 400,000 through 2016, according to the most recent United Nations estimate.
America's operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the country were to continue during the withdrawal process.
"Although we made a clear agreement with U.S. President Trump, different voices are emerging from different parts of the administration", Erdogan said this week as Bolton wrapped up his visit.
Earlier this week, Bolton called security assurances for the USA -backed Kurdish forces a necessary condition for the withdrawal of US forces from Syria. He spoke before the announcement on the USA withdrawal and did not address it.
The US president concluded: "Our troops are coming home!" In response to questions, she said, "I can not share your confidence that they are leaving there because we never saw an official strategy".
He suggested the issue could be resolved in a quick meeting, but past discussions at the White House have not ended the stalemate. And he just got up and said: 'Then we have nothing to discuss, ' and he just walked out".
If government resumes funding by Thursday, the 51,739 TSA employees supporting airport security will be paid the following day. A union leader told CNN as many as 170 TSA employees at New York's JFK International Airport called out each day this week.
Flu Near You is a website that relies on voluntary participation from the general public to help track the flu in real-time. However, overall the province has given 278,000 doses of the vaccine , up eight per cent from a year ago .
It was the first time since June 2002 that Apple issued a reduction in its quarterly revenue forecast. In November, the company said it would stop reporting unit sales data for iPhones and other products.
US President Donald Trump wants the Democrats to approve funding for a wall to end a government shutdown. The number of illegal border crossings is down from 1.6 million in 2000 to less than 400,000 past year .
There are fears the result could trigger unrest, with at least two people killed in the western city of Kikwit on Thursday. Mr Fayulu's supporters say this backs their suspicion that Mr Tshisekedi has cut a power-sharing deal with Mr Kabila.
She then went online, sending out pleas for assistance over Twitter , and also barricaded her hotel room door. Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch called on the Australian government to allow Alqunun's entry into that country.
Taylor has made clear that he expects results this season, but I thought Thibs would get the entire year to show them. Overall with the Timberwolves, he performed quite well finishing 19-21 this season and 97-107 overall.
She consulted with European leaders in the days that followed, but it wasn't clear she gained any new commitments from them. Jeremy Corbyn urged Theresa May to now rule out a no-deal "once and for all".
Apple planning to release three new iPhones in 2019
Yet, despite the revenue cut, Apple CEO Tim Cook collected his biggest-ever annual bonus for fiscal 2018 of $12 million. However, the iPhone XI, when it comes out later this year, could look radically different from the leaked render.
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The president is planning to visit the southern border later this week, according to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. McConnell blasted Schumer for holding up Senate votes on unrelated foreign policy measures during the budget impasse.