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.