WorldUS begins removing some military equipment from Syria

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

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.

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The first US military ground equipment has been withdrawn from Syria in recent days, signaling the beginning of the drawdown ordered by President Donald Trump, according to an administration official with direct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

Iran Guards chief insists no withdrawal from Syria

Iran Guards chief insists no withdrawal from Syria The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards said Wednesday there would be no withdrawal of Iranian forces from Syria as he dismissed Israel threats, conservative news agency Fars reported. "All military and revolutionary advisers, as well as equipment and weapons necessary for training and empowering the Islamic resistance fighters and for supporting the oppressed people of Syria... will be kept there," the news agency quoted Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari as saying. It was an apparent response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who on Tuesday warned Iran to remove its forces from Syria.

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."

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 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.

Trump threatens to 'devastate' Turkey's economy if they attack Kurds in Syria.
President Donald Trump said Sunday the US would "devastate Turkey economically" if the NATO-allied country attacks Kurds in the region. "Starting the long overdue pullout from Syria while hitting the little remaining ISIS territorial caliphate hard, and from many directions. Will attack again from existing nearby base if it reforms," the President tweeted on Sunday. He added, "Will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds," but followed up in a second tweet, "Likewise, do not want the Kurds to provoke Turkey.

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