US will close base in Syria that Russia complained about

The U.S. is set to close a base in Syria which has drawn the ire of Russia, Buzzfeed reported Thursday.

Special forces will be withdrawn from the Al-Tanf base near the Syrian border with Jordan, rebel commander Muhannad al-Talla told Buzzfeed.

Leaving the base is part of a larger move by the U.S. to exit Syria, directed by the President TrumpDonald John TrumpLincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' Pence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Twitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation MORE.

Trump declared that ISIS in Syria has been defeated in defense of the withdrawal.


On Friday, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces declared victory over ISIS in Hajin, the last major town held by the terrorist group. But ISIS continues to hold territory along the Syria-Iraq border.

Russia has frequently condemned U.S. presence at Al-Tanf.

In a response to the U.S. leaving the country, Russian officials specifically noted that deescalation would now be possible near the base.

A Russian official said earlier this month that "there is growing concern related to the dubious activity of the U.S. and its allies in Syria."

"The illegal occupation of the 55-km zone around the base in al-Tanf continues to be the basic source of destabilisation in that part of Syria."