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Special forces will be withdrawn from the Al-Tanf base near the Syrian border with Jordan, rebel commander Muhannad al-Talla told Buzzfeed.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 TrumpCoast Guard chief: 'Unacceptable' that service members must rely on food pantries, donations amid shutdown Dem lawmaker apologizes after saying it's never been legal in US to force people to work for free Grassley to hold drug pricing hearing 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."