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Trump gives no timetable for Syria, wants to protect Kurds

Trump gives no timetable for Syria, wants to protect Kurds
U.S. President Donald Trump listens during a Cabinet meeting on day 12 of the partial U.S. government shutdown at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 2, 2019. REUTERS/Jim Young -
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday the United States would get out of Syria "over a period of time" and wants to protect the U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in the country as Washington draws down troops.

Trump said during a Cabinet meeting at the White House he never gave a four-month timetable for the withdrawal, which he announced last month against the advice of top national security aides and without consulting lawmakers or U.S. allies participating in anti-Islamic State operations.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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