Trump Gives No Timetable For Syria Withdrawal, Vows To Protect Kurdish Fighters

U.S. President Donald Trump has said U.S. forces will withdraw from Syria “over a period of time,” insisting he wants to protect U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters battling the Islamic State (IS) extremist group.

Trump did not provide a timetable for the planned withdrawal of roughly 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria, which he announced last month against the advice of many top security advisers and reportedly without consulting lawmakers or U.S. allies involved in operations against IS militants.

During a Cabinet meeting at the White House in front of reporters on January 2, Trump said he had never discussed a reported four-month timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops.