John Hudson January 11 at 10:59 AM
BEIRUT — The U.S. military said Friday that it has begun withdrawing troops from Syria, initiating a drawdown that has blindsided allies and sparked a scramble for control of the areas that American troops will leave.
U.S. forces have “begun the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria,” read a statement from the U.S.-led coalition. “Out of concern for operational security, we will not discuss specific timelines, locations or troop movements.” Defense Department officials said that initial withdrawals would be limited to equipment, and that no troops had yet departed.
President Trump’s Dec. 19 announcement that he was moving to disentangle some 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria’s complex battlefield sparked fears that the move might undo efforts to defeat the Islamic State’s final remnants in Syria.
Withdrawal of troops from Syria starts on 1/11/2019 Trump announced withdrawal on 12/19/2018
(including the end date)
From and including: Wednesday, December 19, 2018
To and including: Friday, January 11, 2019
Result: 24 days
3 weeks and 3 days = 33
John Bolton National Security Advisor takes office 4/9/2018 Announced on 3/22