US Exit from Syria Starts with Equipment, Not Troops

The United States' withdrawal from Syria is getting under way but, at least for now, it does not involve some 2,000 U.S. troops on the ground, who are aiding in the fight against the Islamic State terror group."Equipment, not troops," a defense official told VOA on Friday, describing the initial stages of the pullout.The Pentagon first gave word of the start of the withdrawal late Thursday. In a statement, it said the U.S.-led Operation Inherent Resolve "has begun the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria.""Out of concern for operational security, we will not discuss specific timelines, locations or troops movements," the statement added.Witnesses on the ground told the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights they saw 10 armored vehicles, and other equipment, roll out from a U.S. base in Rmeilan in Hassakeh province and head toward neighboring Iraq..........................

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