The order has been signed for the withdrawal of American troops from Syria, where they had been deployed to assist in the war against the Islamic State group, a US military spokesperson has said.
“The execute order for Syria has been signed,” the spokesperson told AFP, without providing further details.
US President Donald Trump has declared the jihadist group “largely defeated” and made the surprise decision to bring US forces home.
Many US politicians and international allies fear the move is premature and would further destabilise the already devastated region.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Trump have agreed in a phone conversation to prevent a power vacuum in Syria after US ground forces withdraw.