Col. Sean Ryan, spokesman for the US -coalition fighting ISIS, says the USA started 'the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria'. "Out of concern for operational security, we will not discuss specific timelines, locations or troops movements", Ryan said.
Mr Trump's shock announcement on December 19 that he was withdrawing American troops from Syria alarmed USA allies and prompted the resignation of his defence secretary Jim Mattis.
US national security adviser John Bolton said Sunday American troops will not leave northeastern Syria until ISIS is defeated and USA -backed Kurds were protected.
The coalition's announcement came a day after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed in an address to regional allies in Cairo that Washington was going ahead with the pullout of about 2,000 troops stationed in Syria.
"We can not make any concessions in this regard", said Erdogan, who vowed that "those involved in a terror corridor" in Syria "will receive the necessary punishment".
A senior Kurdish politician said the Kurds are aware of the US beginning its withdraw process, describing it as "America's decision".
A second United States defense official said the military had conducted a number of preparations for a deliberate withdrawal.
While speaking to reporters Friday, a spokesperson for Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said establishing dialogue is vital to maintaining peace.The spokesperson also urged the U.S.to hand over its territory to Assad amid threats from Turkey of a possible attack on Kurds in the region.
"These have been folks that have fought with us and it's important that we do everything we can to ensure that those folks that fought with us are protected", Pompeo said of the Kurds while visiting Irbil, the capital of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, after talks in Baghdad.
There were no other details, and it was not immediately clear how many vehicles or whether any troop units had withdrawn. The latter will no doubt prove the more hard objective to meet. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government considers the Kurdish YPG militia in Syria to be a terrorist organization linked to Kurdish separatist groups within Turkey.
"On Thursday, some American forces withdrew from the Rmeilan military base in Hasakeh province", Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Britain-based organisation, said.
"If the [withdrawal] is put off with ridiculous excuses like Turks are massacring Kurds, which do not reflect reality, we will implement this decision", Cavusoglu said, noting: "We will decide on its timing and we will not receive permission from anyone".
Now, America's allies on the ground are turning to Washington's rivals for protection. If not, the Trump administration would be accused of abandoning an ally to a grim fate.