US troop level in Syria stable despite announced withdrawal

US troop level in Syria stable despite announced withdrawalThe number of US troops in Syria remains roughly stable at just under 1,000 three weeks after President Donald Trump announced their withdrawal, a US official said Monday. The withdrawal of American troops from Syria’s northern border opened the way for Turkey’s military incursion against Kurdish forces in the country. Trump’s decision to protect oil fields in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor led the Pentagon to send reinforcements to that area while US troops move away from areas close to the Syrian border with Turkey, the US official said on condition of anonymity.



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