"Out of concern for operational security, we will not discuss specific timelines, locations or troops movements", he said.
President Donald Trump announced last month the decision to withdraw 2,000 U.S. troops who have deployed to Syria in support of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militia, which have spearheaded the fight against the IS group. Trump's abrupt decision in December to pull them, declaring in a tweet the defeat of IS, sent shockwaves across the region and led to the resignation of U.S. defense secretary James Mattis and the top USA envoy to the anti-IS coalition.More news: Chris Jericho On Why He Really Signed With All Elite Wrestling
National Security Advisor John Bolton appeared to contradict the White House Sunday when he said the US withdrawal from Syria would not be immediate, but the Pentagon announced Thursday that without receiving any new direction, it's moving forward with the mission.
Washington's Kurdish allies in northern Syria fear the withdrawal will open the way for Turkey to mount a long-threatened offensive against their area.
On Sunday, US national security adviser John Bolton said American troops will not leave northeastern Syria until IS is defeated and American-allied Kurdish fighters are protected.More news: Predicted Barcelona XI vs Levante: Youngsters’ time to deliver
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Masoud Barzani leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in the province's capital Arbil during a Middle East tour, on January 9, 2019.
A top Kurdish politician told Reuters last week the Kurds had presented Moscow with a road-map for a deal with Damascus.
Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian of France, which is part of the USA -led coalition, welcomed what he believed was a slower withdrawal by the U.S after pressure from its allies. "President Macron spoke to him (Trump) several times and it seems that there has been a change that I think is positive", he said in a television interview on Thursday.More news: Billie Eilish Releases Video 'When I Was Older' Inspired by Film 'Roma'
There are 2,000 American troops in Syria.