U.S. forces were seen leaving the Kurdish-held town of Tel Tamr in northeastern Syria, Sunday, October 20.

READ MORE: U.S. troops withdrew from their largest base in northern Syria on Sunday, with defense chief Mark Esper saying all American forces leaving Syria would be deployed to western Iraq and continue to conduct anti-terrorist operations against Islamic State insurgents in the region.

Esper said more than 700 U.S. troops would be moved to Iraq and not return to the U.S. anytime soon, as President Donald Trump had suggested they would.

Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led a group of American lawmakers on a surprise visit to Jordan to discuss "the deepening crisis" in Syria amid a shaky U.S.-brokered cease-fire, Sunday, October 20. The visit came after bipartisan criticism in Washington has slammed President Donald Trump for his decision to withdraw the bulk of U.S. troops from northern Syria — clearing the way for Turkey's wide-ranging offensive against the Kurdish groups, who had been key U.S. allies in the fight against the Islamic State group.

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