As per reports, President Trump has been persuaded not to pull the military out of Syria immediately, despite his declaration last week that the US would “be coming out of Syria very soon”. Advisers reportedly convinced him that it could risk resurgence by the Islamic State (ISIS) group.
The White House said that the US military mission in Syria was coming to a “rapid end”. But it has not announced a timetable for a full troop withdrawal. A statement said IS was almost completely destroyed, and that the US would consult its allies regarding future plans. As per report, President has agreed to hold a meeting next Tuesday to keep troops in Syria for “an undetermined period”.
The US has about 2,000 personnel on the ground in eastern Syria supporting an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias called the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). With the help of US-led coalition air strikes, SDF fighters have captured tens of thousands of square kilometers of territory from IS over the past three years.