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    U.S. Troops Said to Begin Syria Withdrawal

    This clarifies things. A military spokesperson said Friday that the process of withdrawing some 2,000 American soldiers from Syria — as announced in a @realDonaldTrump tweet last month — is now underway. The sudden policy shift alarmed both U.S. officials, causing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to quit Jan. 1, and allies. And that was recently thrown into doubt by Michael Bolton, Trump’s national security adviser, saying safeguarding Kurdish and Israeli allies could slow the pullout. Now even Republican legislators are expressing concern about the Kurds, whom Turkey plans to pursue militarily.

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