UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) — The United States withdrew the military from northern Syria due to Turkey’s planned military operation, Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said.
He emphasized that the US military presence in Syria remained unchanged.
“The position of the department was and remains such that the creation of a security zone in northern Syria is the best way to maintain stability. Unfortunately, Turkey decided to act unilaterally. As a result, we removed US forces from northern Syria from the path of a potential Turkish invasion to ensure their security. At present, we have not made changes to our force presence in Syria,” the statement said.
Hoffman also denied reports from some US media that President Donald Trump had not consulted with the Pentagon head on the Syrian issue.
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