U.S. coalition says Syria withdrawal has begun

The U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State militant group has started to withdraw from Syria. But, according to a spokesperson, the coalition will not announce a specific timeline or discuss troop movements due to security concerns. Meanwhile, Turkey says its planned military operation against Kurdish groups in Syria will not be affected by Washington's withdrawal. The comments from Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu are the latest to highlight the deep divide between the two NATO allies over U.S. President Donald Trump's plan to bring home about 2,000 troops stationed in the war-torn country.

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