US military removes some equipment from Syria; Russia sckeptical

Bolton contradicts Trump on Syria withdrawal

President Donald Trump's announcement last month that he had chose to withdraw 2,000 USA troops stunned allies that have joined Washington in the battle against Islamic State in Syria. "Out of concern for operational security, we will not discuss specific timelines, locations or troop movements", Colonel Sean Ryan said on Friday.

The withdrawal began Thursday night, according to the UK-based monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Russia, which has deployed forces into Syria in support of the Damascus government, said on Friday it had the impression that the United States wanted to stay despite the announced withdrawal of US troops, RIA news agency reported.

National security adviser John Bolton traveled to Israel and Turkey, where he said he would seek assurances from Turkey that the Kurds would be protected and pledged that the USA would ensure that ISIS is defeated.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Masoud Barzani leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in the province's capital Arbil during a Middle East tour, on January 9, 2019.

Top diplomats in Russian Federation say that they don't believe the Trump administration will pull its troops out of Syria as President Donald Trump said they would.

"These are folks that have fought with us and that it's important that we do everything we can to make sure that those folks that fought with us are protected and Erdogan has made commitments, he understands that - I think he uses the language that he has no beef with the Kurds - we want to make sure that that's the case", Pompeo told the traveling press before departing Erbil in northern Iraq.

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Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian of France, which is part of the US -led coalition, welcomed what he believed was a slower withdrawal by the U.S after pressure from its allies.

A USA official told ABC News that in recent days military equipment has been moved out of Syria into Iraq.

Syrian Kurds demonstrate against threats from Turkey to carry out a fresh offensive following the US decision to withdraw their troops in the Syrian Kurdish-majority city Qamishli, on December 28, 2018. Top U.S. officials were shocked too, among them Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who quit in protest.

Turkey considers America's Kurdish allies of the YPG militia - who were vital in the ground war against ISIS - a terrorist group. Both had declared that the U.S. would not leave unless ISIS was entirely defeated and Turkey agreed not to attack Syrian Kurds.

Shortly after Trump's announcement, some USA officials began to walk it back.

They also did not say what part of Syria it came from, though it is expected the drawdown would begin in the country's north.

Over the past years, the relations between Turkey and the United States have been hampered by Ankara's concerns over USA support for the YPG, viewed by the Turkish authorities as an affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, listed as a terrorist organisation in the country.

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