Pentagon's Esper sees Syria pullback taking another 'week or so'
Esper said that once the partial US withdrawal was finished, the US military would still have roughly around 600 troops in Syria, down from about 1,000 before Trump's withdrawal order last month. Esper said the United States was still supporting the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which Turkey views as a terrorist group.
"We're still partnering with the SDF. We're still providing assistance to them," Esper said, stressing the SDF's role in helping prevent a resurgence of ISIS militant group.