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WorldUS begins removing some military equipment from Syria

10:16  11 january  2019
10:16  11 january  2019 Source:   cnn.com

Military approves 'conditions-based' Syria withdrawal plan

Military approves 'conditions-based' Syria withdrawal plan The U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has approved a now-in-motion plan for withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria that "is conditions-based" with no timeline, according to a Pentagon spokesman. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) "has an approved framework for the withdrawal of forces from Syria, and is now engaged in executing that withdrawal," Cmdr. Sean Robertson said in a statement.

The U . S . has started withdrawing military equipment from Syria , an official The official, who asked not to be named, told Anadolu Agency the removal of " some of the equipment " had begun . He declined to elaborate on the type of military equipment involved or where it was removed from due

List of modern equipment of the Syrian Arab Army. The vast majority of Syrian military equipment was Soviet manufactured but the organization and military doctrine of the armed forces followed a mix of French and Western influences as the Soviet Union closely guarded its operational principles and

US begins removing some military equipment from Syria© Defense Department

The first US military ground equipment has been withdrawn from Syria in recent days, signaling the beginning of the drawdown ordered by President Donald Trump, according to an administration official with direct knowledge of the operation.

"Some cargo has already moved," the official told CNN.

Due to security concerns, the official would not describe exactly what the cargo was or whether it had been moved out by aircraft or ground vehicles. The official also would not say what part of Syria the equipment was in, although it's widely expected the drawdown will begin in northern Syria.

U.S. Equipment, but Not Troops, Begins Exiting Syria in Chaotic Withdrawal

U.S. Equipment, but Not Troops, Begins Exiting Syria in Chaotic Withdrawal Officials said the number of American troops might actually increase in Syria, to help protect the final withdrawal — a process that is still expected to take at least four to six months.

A US defence official stated on Friday that the American military had removed some military hardware from Syria amid reports that the withdrawal is under way. "I can confirm the movement of equipment from Syria .

“ We ’ re going to make sure we set the conditions for a diplomatic solution” to the civil conflict, Mattis said in November. Arab allies, as well as Israel, have expressed concern that a U . S . military withdrawal from Syria would allow increased Iranian influence there.

Officials have previously told CNN to expect to see discussion of percentages of equipment withdrawn as a way of meeting Trump's intent -- even though it's expected that no troops are coming out immediately. Senior officials like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton have declined to put a timeline on when troops would be withdrawn.

The Defense Department wants to show progress to Trump, and these withdrawals are a way to do it. Earlier this week, the Pentagon said in a statement that "out of concern for operational security, we will not be discussing specific troop movements or timelines, but we do expect to provide a periodic update on progress regarding percentages of equipment removed from Syria."

Netanyahu tells Iran to get out of Syria 'fast'

Netanyahu tells Iran to get out of Syria 'fast' Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday urged Iran to quickly remove its forces from neighbouring Syria or face continued attacks on them by Israel. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); "Yesterday I heard the Iranian foreign ministry spokesman saying 'Iran has no military presence in Syria, we only advise them'," Netanyahu said at a Tel Aviv ceremony to install a new head of Israel's armed forces.

The destruction of Syria 's chemical weapons began on 14 September 2013 after Syria entered into several international agreements which called for the elimination of Syria 's chemical weapon stockpiles and set a destruction deadline of 30 June 2014.

American-led intervention in the Syrian Civil War refers to US -led support of Syrian Opposition and the Federation of Northern Syria during the course of the Syrian Civil War

US Central Command, which is overseeing the withdrawal operation, has identified ships, aircraft and ground units that will be used in the operation. They will provide intelligence and reconnaissance as withdrawals occur, securing forces and heavy ground transport vehicles. Most of the necessary assets are already in the region.

The military is carrying out the withdrawal under an order signed by former Defense Secretary James Mattis just before he left office December 31. Military planners are still working on the basis that all troops will be withdrawn from Syria. If there changes to that, such as leaving troops in eastern and southern Syria, Trump would have to approve those specific details, the official said.

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