Esper says Trump orders US troops to leave northern Syria

ROBERT BURNS AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid growing chaos in Syria, President Donald Trump has ordered all U.S. troops to withdraw from the country's north to avoid a bloody conflict between Turkey and U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters that "gets worse by the hour," Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday. The pullback suggests a likely full withdrawal from Syria of the roughly 1,000 U.S. troops that had been partnering with the Kurds to combat the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria, although Esper did not say that U.S. troops are leaving the country. The Pentagon previously had pulled about 30 troops from the Turkish attack zone along the border. With an escalation of violence, a widening of the Turkish incursion and the prospect of more confusing conflict, a
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