Eli Ridder | The Avro Post
The White House said on Tuesday that that United States mission in Syria would be coming to an end, but would not go into specifics.
The statement said that the so-called Islamic State group was nearly eliminated, with Washington looking to its allies for a future plan.
The U.S. has been working with an international coalition alongside the Syrian Democratic Forces to push IS out of the once-large swathes of territory it occupied in Syrian and Iraq during its 2014 offensive.
On Twitter last week, U.S. President Donald Trump made it clear that his country’s some 2,000 assigned personnel would “be coming out of Syria very soon”.
What about the Kurds?
The U.S.-led coalition in Syria, known as Operation Inherent Resolve, has been largely focused on air support for the Kurdish-led SDF and some ground operations.
As a result, Kurdish forces have taken mass amounts of land in Syria, and straddle the northern border with Turkey.
Ankara launched an offensive against Kurdish forces in Afrin due to fears that the militias would create a Kurdish nation from which the outlawed Turkish-based Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, could launch attacks from.
The Syrian Kurds, along with Washington, have denied alleged ties between the Kurds and “ethic terror group” PKK.
Turkey captured the Kurdish enclave of Afrin after a multi-week campaign, much to purported Russian support and some Western condemnation.
More details to follow. Image of U.S. troops in Syria from Zero Hedge.