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10/13, 3:51 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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US to pull remaining troops from N. Syria - Pentagon

The United States is preparing to evacuate the remaining 1,000 troops from northern Syria "as safely and quickly as possible," Defense Secretary Mark Esper (pictured) said on Sunday.

In an interview with CBS, the official stated Ankara planned to extend its attack further than originally planned, adding the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were "looking to cut a deal" with the Syrians and the Russians to counterattack against the Turkish forces.

The US troops were being evacuated in order to avoid being caught in the middle of fighting between Turkish troops and the SDF, Esper said. Asked whether the US troops had the authority to fire back, the head of the Defense Department asserted they "have the right to self-defense and we will execute it if necessary."

Breaking the News / MD