Syria in flux. The U.S.-led coalition in Syria began its withdrawal on Friday. It’s almost certainly going to be a protracted process, and it’s off to a slow start already: A coalition spokesman did not provide many details on the withdrawal, and an unnamed official told CNN merely that “some cargoes” had left. Residents in the areas near border crossings used by U.S. forces reported no large-scale movements of U.S. troops or materiel. On Thursday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said French President Emmanuel Macron had persuaded U.S. President Donald Trump on the merits of a slower departure. (Le Drian also confirmed that French troops would remain in Syria until a political solution is reached.) Meanwhile, jihadist group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, which the U.S. and Turkey designated a terrorist organization, has taken control over much of Idlib province following nine days of fighting with the Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army. HTS reportedly forced the FSA to accept a t
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