BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 A.M.) – The chief commander of the U.S. Central General Joseph Votel said on Sunday that the U.S. military will likely begin withdrawing their troops from Syria in the coming weeks. Command U.S. media reported on Sunday that a top commander has said that the United States would likely start to withdraw its troops from Syria in weeks.
“Probably weeks. But again, it will all be driven by the situation on the ground,” he was quoted by The New York Times as saying. “In terms of the withdrawal … I think we’re right on track with where we wanted to be.”
“Moving people is easier than moving equipment and so what we’re trying to do right now is again (to) kind of clear out those materials, that equipment, that we do not need,” he added, warning however that the exact timing is still not settled.
Votel told the media that the overall U.S. troops’ number in Iraq “is going to remain more or less steady.”
The U.S. commander’s comments come just days after the Wall Street Journal reported a U.S. official as saying that the American troops would begin withdrawing from Syria in March and complete the task by the end of April.