December 24, 2018
Outgoing Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has signed the order to withdraw US forces from Syria, according to a CNN report.
CNN’s Barbara Starr reported early Sunday evening:
A US defense official confirmed to CNN that “the execute order for Syria has been signed,” while a second defense official told CNN that outgoing Defense Secretary James Mattis signed it.
The execute order spells out how and when the withdrawal of US forces from Syria will take place, but the official would not provide any additional operational details. The order begins to pave the way for exactly how and when US troops will be withdrawn from Syria, of which there are currently about 2,600 servicemembers in the country.
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