President Donald Trump has ordered the U.S. military immediately exit Syria’s northern city of Manbij to help Russia establish itself at the strategic location, Newsweek reported Tuesday.
According to Newsweek, “the U.S. was scheduled as of Monday to officially withdraw from Manbij within 24-hours, leaving the mostly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces behind as two rival factions—the Syrian government, backed by Russia and Iran to seize control of the strategic location.”
A senior Pentagon official told Newsweek that U.S. personnel, “has been assisting the Russian forces to navigate through previously unsafe areas quickly.”
“It is essentially a handover,” the official said.
The Pentagon and the White House did not reply to a Newsweek request for comment on the report.
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