Article from NPR by Bill Chappell.

The Pentagon says U.S. military personnel in Syria are moving ahead with President Trump’s order to pull out of the war-torn country.

The U.S. force in Syria has “begun the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria,” said Col. Sean Ryan, spokesman for the for Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve. More than 2,000 U.S. troops are currently deployed in Syria.

In the past 24 hours, U.S. forces have withdrawn 10 vehicles and 150 personnel from the Rmelan military base, one of the first installations the U.S.-led coalition established in Syria in 2014, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Those military vehicles were seen traveling into Iraq; it’s not clear how the reported movements compare to standard rotations of equipment and personnel.

The Defense Department did not directly address that report. “Out of concern for operational security, we will not discuss specific timelines, locations or troops movements,” Ryan said.

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