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Trump pulls all U.S. troops from northern Syria amid Turkish onslaught Updated: 2019-10-15 07:04:14 KST

The Pentagon has started the process of removing ALL American troops in northern Syria after U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said President Trump ordered a "deliberate withdrawal" in the face of Turkey's attacks on Kurdish forces.
For more on this and other news around the world, let's turn to our Kim Da-mi.
So Da-mi, tell us more about this latest withdrawal.

Mark, all U.S. forces in northern Syria will now evacuate northern Syria.
AFP reported Monday that according to a U.S. official, the troops are "executing the order" from the Pentagon.
The decision, which came just a day after President Trump ordered a withdrawal of up to one-thousand American troops, will leave behind just a small contingent of 150 troops in a southern Syria base.
Meanwhile, Syrian forces led by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad entered the northern Kurdish-held town of Manbij on Monday, local time.
According to Syria's state-run SANA news agency, this came just hours after Turkey-baked opposition fighters declared their advance on the city.
Manbij currently houses U.S. troops.
This also marks the first time in seven years that Syrian forces returned to the northeastern region.
As the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army is reportedly also heading towards Manbij, clashes with Syrian forces seem inevitable.
As promised, President Trump said he would authorize economic sanctions against Turkey.
He said his administration will stop negotiating with Turkey on a 100 billion dollar trade deal as well as hike tariffs on Turkey's steel to 50 percent.

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