Slowly bringing U.S troops back from Syria: Trump

The U.S would pull out its troops from Syria slowly over a period of time and will protect its Kurdish allies, President Donald Trump has said, summing up the situation in the war-torn country as "sand and death".

Trump did not give a timetable for the planned military exit from Syria.

Last month, he surprised the world by announcing that he was pulling back American troops from Syria, resulting in the resignation of Defense Secretary James Mattis in protest.

Trump argues that there is no need for the U.S troops in Syria as they have accomplished their primary job of defeating the ISIS.

"I never said I'm getting out tomorrow. I said we are pulling our soldiers out and they will be pulled back and Syria and we are getting out of Syria. Yes, absolutely. But we are getting out very powerfully," Trump told reporters during a Cabinet meeting at the White House on Wednesday.

"I don't know somebody said four months but I didn't say that either. I'm getting out, we are getting out of Syria," he said when asked about the timetable for the exit.

"Syria was lost long ago, it was lost long ago. And besides that we're talking about sand and death, that's what we're talking about. We are not talking about vast wealth. We are talking about sand and death," he said.

The U.S has some 2,000 troops in Syria, which will gradually return from this war-ravaged country.

(with news agency inputs)