"We are not withdrawing troops at this stage", an unidentified U.S. defense official said.
Adding to the confusion, a military spokesman said the U.S. had already begun "the process of our deliberate withdrawal" from Syria.
Commanders of the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), who share close links with top YPG figures, have been reportedly resisting the withdrawal, asserting that Washington should not abandon the YPG, which is often portrayed as the sole power in the fight against Daesh.
Later in the day, however, some of those outlets conceded that the spokesman did not indicate whether any American service members were being pulled out or whether the USA military was carrying out other activities that could be considered a withdrawal.
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A senior Kurdish politician said the Kurds are aware of the USA beginning its withdraw process, describing it as "America's decision". The plan hinges on Turkish cooperation to secure a swathe of northeast Syria as the United States departs.
Bolton, on a visit to the region this week, said the USA pullout was conditional on defeating IS and guarantees that the Kurds would be protected.
The start of the drawdown coincided with a Middle East tour by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who insisted in Cairo on Thursday that the withdrawal would go ahead despite widespread criticism.
After initially tweeting about the decision to bring back USA troops "now", Trump this week said "we will be leaving at a proper pace while at the same time continuing to fight ISIS and doing all else that is prudent and necessary!" A USA troop pullout leaves the Kurds exposed to Turkish attacks from one side, and Syrian government troops on the other.
They have also argued that it would further allow Damascus ally Iran to extend its influence across Syria and potentially threaten Israel.
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Turkey views the US-backed YPG Syrian Kurdish militia as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged a 34-year insurgency in Turkey for Kurdish political and cultural rights, mostly in southeastern areas near Syria.
"When the time and place comes, the terrorists here will also be buried in the ditches and trenches they have dug", the minister said in southern Sanliurfa province.
Since Trump's announcement, senior members of his administration including Bolton and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo have frustrated Turkey by setting more specific conditions on what Trump initially suggested would be a quick withdrawal.
Speaking to reporters in Moscow Friday, she said it appears to Moscow that the U.S.
Troops may not be coming home from Syria yet, but some equipment is.
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"I can not share your confidence that they are leaving there because we never saw an official strategy", she added.