The United States will probably start withdrawing troops from Syria in weeks, head of the U.S. Central Command, General Joseph Votel, announced on Sunday.
Votel stressed that no specific time has been set yet, saying that it depends on the situation in Syria.
“Probably weeks. But again, it will all be driven by the situation on the ground,” he said.
“In terms of the withdrawal ... I think we’re right on track with where we wanted to be,” Votel told reporters.
“Moving people are easier than moving equipment and so what we’re trying to do right now is again (to) kind of clear out those materials, that equipment, that we do not need,” he added.
Votel said that he did not consider the U.S would generally increase overall troop numbers in Iraq, affirming that he did leave open the possibility of changing the composition of forces to help the United States keep pressure on the militant group.
Votel said it wa unlikely to move some of the troops in Syria to Iraq where he expected the level of U.S. troops to remain "more or less steady".
“This isn’t just wholesale — ‘Everybody in Syria move over to Iraq.’ That doesn’t make sense,” he added.