Khalil said a partial evacuation happened earlier Saturday from Ras al-Ayn after much stalling and with us coordination. The SDF said 16 of its fighters had been killed and three wounded the past 24 hours.
Trump earlier this month ordered the bulk of the approximately 1,000 us troops in Syria to withdraw after officials said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made it clear in a phone call that his forces were about to invade Syria to push back Kurdish forces.
Global outrage at the offensive by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member Turkey has been mounting, including from European leaders, who have slapped arms boycotts on Ankara, and U.S. President Donald Trump, who has threatened to "ruin" Turkey's economy if it overstepped.
The senior administration official told the Times it was highly likely USA troops would be kept along the Iraqi border area, away from the ceasefire zone that Vice President Mike Pence negotiated with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week.
A separate statement from the ministry late on Saturday said that a convoy of 39 vehicles had entered and exited the border town of Ras al Ain to evacuate injured people. Erdogan's spokesman, Kalin, confirmed that is the area affected by the pause in fighting, but said Turkey still wants the larger zone.More news: Bangladesh's Tour of India in Doubt as Players Announce Strike
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He spoke to reporters traveling with him to the Afghan capital, Kabul.
Esper said he is discussing an possibility that can perchance perchance retain a tiny residual USA navy power to precise oil fields positioned in jap Syria and continue the battle against Islamic Disclose militants. "Again, we're talking weeks, not days".
He said US troops departing from Syria would go to western Iraq, where they would have two missions.
A USA official told CNN up to several hundred troops may stay in eastern Syria to protect the oil fields and continue the fight against ISIS. "Things could change between now and whenever we complete the withdrawal, but that's the game plan right now".
The Turkish defence ministry earlier Monday said five Turkish soldiers have been killed so far during the operation while 86 soldiers have been injured.
He added that despite the Turkish onslaught, Kurds were still guarding Islamic State prisoners, and he insisted his forces would rather still work with the US than fight it alone. The Pentagon said this month that 1,800 would deploy to Saudi Arabia to deter Iranian aggression. We have secured the Oil.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper said United States troops will stay in eastern Syria to protect Kurdish-held oil fields for at least the coming weeks and he was discussing options to keep them there. "That was our mission set".