President Trump orders to pull American troops from Syria
The momentous decision to withdraw, which runs counter to long-established US policy for Syria and the region, blindsided lawmakers, the Pentagon and international allies alike.
A withdrawal could have extraordinary geopolitical ramifications, and plunges into uncertainty the fate of US-backed Kurdish fighters who have been tackling IS group, thousands of who are thought to remain in Syria.
Currently, about 2,000 US forces are in the country, most of them on a train-and-advise mission to support local forces fighting IS.
Lawmakers assailed trump's decision, saying it could embolden Ankara to attack US-backed Kurdish fighters.