Amerikanerne har begynt tilbaketrekningen fra Syria. En kolonne satte seg i beveelse torsdag ettermiddag med kurs for Irak.

Amerikanerne vil av sikkerhetsgrunner ikke si noe om antall og tempo.

The coalition “has begun the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria. Out of concern for operational security, we will not discuss specific timelines, locations or troop movements,” Colonel Sean Ryan said.

Ting tyder på at prosessen vil ta tid.

Residents near border crossings that are typically used by U.S. forces going in and out of Syria from Iraq said they had seen no obvious or large-scale movement of U.S. ground forces on Friday.

Nyheten kom overraskende, særlig på kurderne som er alliert med USA. Erdogan har i lengre tid truet med å utslette YPG-militsen som er ryggraden i Syrias Demokraftiske Styrker, SDF, som har ført kampen mot  IS. Kurderne har måttet seg om etter andre garantister.

A Kurdish politician told Reuters last week the Kurds had presented Moscow with a road-map for a deal with Damascus. Syria’s deputy foreign minister said on Wednesday he was optimistic about renewed dialogue with the Kurds.

Moskva vil gjerne at kurderne, som har erobret et stort stykke land de kaller Rojava, blir gjenintegrert i Syria.

Oppmerksomheten vendes nå mot Frankrike. Franske styrker er del av anti-IS-koalisjonen.

Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian of France, which is part of the U.S.-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.

In a rare acknowledgment that French troops were also in Syria, he said they would leave when there is a political solution in the country.