The White House confirmed the withdrawal and released the following statement:
"These victories over ISIS in Syria do not signal the end of the Global Coalition or its campaign.
"We have started returning United States troops home as we transition to the next phase of this campaign.”
The White House further added: "The United States and our allies stand ready to re-engage at all levels to defend American interests whenever necessary, and we will continue to work together to deny radical Islamist terrorist territory, funding, support, and any means of infiltrating our borders.”
“These victories over ISIS in Syria do not signal the end of the Global Coalition or its campaign. We have started returning United States troops home as we transition to the next phase of this campaign. . .”
In a further series of tweets on Thursday morning, the President said it was time for Syria’s regional neighbours, Russia and Iran, to take responsibility for the defeat of ISIS.
“Time to come home & rebuild. #MAGA”, he tweeted.
“Does the USA want to be the Policeman of the Middle East, getting NOTHING but spending precious lives and trillions of dollars protecting others who, in almost all cases, do not appreciate what we are doing? Do we want to be there forever? Time for others to finally fight.....” he added.
However, the President's comments of victory over IS have been met with disagreement from UK members of the government.
Defence minister Tobias Ellwood said the threat from IS "is very much alive", while the Foreign Secretary told the House of Commons that "much remains to be done in the global campaign against Daesh".
"The Global Coalition against Daesh has continued to make significant progress in recent months," said Jeremy Hunt.
"Since counter-Daesh military operations began, the Coalition and its partners in Syria and Iraq have recaptured the vast majority of Daesh territory."