October 7, 2019 / 12:16 PM / a month ago

Initial U.S. pullback in Syria limited to safe zone near Turkey

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. pullback of troops in Syria will initially be limited in scope to a patch of Syrian territory near the Turkish border where both countries had been working to establish a special security area, a U.S. official told Reuters on Monday.

The official, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said the pullback from the zone would not involve many forces — perhaps just dozens. The official did not say whether the troops would leave the country or reposition elsewhere in Syria, where the United States has around 1,000 forces.

Reporting by Phil Stewart

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