By Nidal Al-ShamiThe Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he is “absolutely” withdrawing U.S. forces from Syria and that he is no longer seeking to see the region become a no-fly zone, but he has yet to formally declare that goal.
A White House official said Trump has ordered his National Security Council to begin the process of changing U.N. Security Council resolutions, but no decision has been made yet.
The White House says Trump will not seek a vote on the changes before leaving office.
The Trump administration says it is seeking a U.K.-based solution to the crisis in Syria.
The U.A.E.-backed Free Syrian Army has been fighting to oust Assad.
Trump’s decision is unlikely to have any immediate impact on U. S.-Russia relations, which are already strained.
Russia and the U.B.K. are allies, but both have backed rival Syrian rebels.
Russia has been helping Assad to crush the uprising.
Russia and Iran have also stepped up attacks on rebel groups, but U.s. officials say the U,S.
has done little to help them.
Russia is one of the most important U. s allies in the Middle East, and Trump has said the U., Russia and China should work together against ISIS and other terrorist groups.