Exclusive: U.S. could pull bulk of troops from Syria in days – officials

FILE PHOTO: A Turkey-backed Syrian rebel fighter reacts before crossing into Syria, in the border town of Akcakale in Sanliurfa province, Turkey, October 12, 2019. REUTERS/Kemal Aslan

The United States is considering plans to withdraw the bulk of American troops from northern Syria in the coming days, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Sunday, in what would be a faster-than-expected timeline for the U.S. pullout amid Turkey’s escalating offensive.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced earlier on Sunday that he was acting on orders from President Donald Trump to begin a deliberate withdrawal from northern Syria, where the United States has around 1,000 forces.