[size=36]US Defense Secretary: Expected all US troops withdrawing from Syria to Iraq[/size]
Political | 08:12 - 20/10/2019
US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said 1,000 troops withdrawn from Syria were expected to go to western Iraq.
The US defense secretary said troops in western Iraq would focus on helping to defend Iraq and fight IS. According to the agency "Reuters".
Mark Esper stressed that the ceasefire in northeastern Syria is generally coherent.
All forces withdrawing from northern Syria, about 1,000, are expected to move to western Iraq to continue the campaign against ISIS fighters and to help defend Iraq, Mark Esper said.
"The US withdrawal is well underway in northeast Syria," Esber told reporters on his way to the Middle East. "We are talking about weeks, not days. The current plan is to re-position those forces in western Iraq."
He said there were about 1,000.
In a related context, the official Syrian media announced on Saturday evening that the US forces destroyed its radar at the base of Jabal Abdul Aziz in the western countryside of al-Hasakah before withdrawing.
According to the official Syrian news agency "SANA", the US forces also booby-trapped and destroyed their headquarters in the village of "Qasrk" on the road "Tel Tamr" - Qamishli in preparation for evacuation.
Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry said US forces had left their bases in the village of Dadat in Manbij, northeastern Syria, and moved towards the Iraqi border.
She added that the US military left their bases in the Dadat area northwest of Manbij Syria, heading for the Syrian border with Iraq, according to a statement, last Tuesday.
"At the moment, Dadat and Um Mayal are occupied by Syrian government forces."
US forces evacuated the base of Manbij Mills last Sunday and banned passage around it.
US forces have established three military bases along the north of Syria, one near the mills area at the entrance to the city, the second south of the village of Aoun al-Dadat near the line between the SDF and the Euphrates Shield factions supported by Turkey, and the third near the Union University at the Syriatel Tower west of the city.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country had decided to launch a military operation east of the Euphrates on October 9 to liquidate the PKK and the YPG.
Turkey launched a military operation in northern Syria under the name of "spring of peace" and claimed that the aim of the operation is to eliminate what it called the "terrorist corridor" to be established near the southern border of Turkey, in reference to the Kurdish "YPG", which Ankara considers an arm of " The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) is active in the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces as part of the fight against ISIS.