CENTCOM General: No Pressure To Withdraw From Syria By A Specific Date

U.S. Army General Joseph Votel, commander, U.S. Central Command, briefs the media at the Pentagon in Washington, U.S. April 29, 2016 . REUTERS/YURI GRIPAS

Al Jazeera: No pressure to withdraw from Syria by specific date: US general

Votel says mission to defeat ISIL is 'driving the withdrawal' and 'main focus is making sure we protect our forces'.

The general overseeing US forces in the Middle East said on Thursday that he was under no pressure to withdraw forces from Syria by any specific date, after President Donald Trump ordered the pull-out of most US troops from Syria.

"What is driving the withdrawal of course is our mission, which is the defeat of ISIS and so that is our principal focus and that is making sure that we protect our forces, that we don't withdraw in a manner that increases the risk to our forces," Joseph Votel, head of the US Central Command, said during a House Armed Services Committee hearing.

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Update: Votel: No timeline for US troop withdrawal from Syria as ISIS caliphate nears end (Stars and Stripes)

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