Turkey Masses Troops near Kurdish-held Syrian Town

Turkey Masses Troops near Kurdish-held Syrian Town

'Iraq will take its decisions in consultation with its friends and neighbors, ' he said, after expressing concerns that ISIS may expand its footprint as the USA withdraws. Turkey views the Kurdish fighters as terrorists due to their links to an insurgent group inside Turkey. We also discussed heavily expanded Trade.

Turkey considers the Kurdish fighters in the Syrian Democratic Forces to be part of an terrorist insurgency causing unrest in the country.

"I think that the president feels very strongly about his decision in Syria", Schlapp replied.

A Kurdish-led force captured much of northern and eastern Syria from Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) with the help of the US-led coalition.

But, after first praising Mattis in light of his exit, Trump switched gears over the weekend and announced he was installing Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan to replace the seasoned military official on an acting basis starting January 1.

"We will continue to act against Iran's attempt to establish a military presence in Syria, and if the need arises, we will even expand our activities there", Netanyahu said.

Thousands of IS jihadists are thought to remain in Syria, but Trump on Wednesday declared that "we've won against ISIS", using another acronym for the extremists.

"Five years ago, ISIS was a very powerful and risky force in the Middle East, and now the United States has defeated the territorial caliphate", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

Donald Trump's decision to withdraw troops from Syria took the US' allies against Isis by surprise.

Some fear Turkey will now have freer rein to target Kurdish fighters who were armed and trained by the US
Some fear Turkey will now have freer rein to target Kurdish fighters who were armed and trained by the US Credit Anadolu Agency

While visiting his troops in Afghanistan, Gen. Robert Neller was asked by a Marine about Trump's recent order to withdraw all troops from Syria and about half from Afghanistan, according to a report by the Journal's Ben Kesling.

But beneath those public pronouncements are worries over whether Iran will seek to take advantage of the USA absence from the war-torn country and if Russian Federation will respond to Israel's calls to limit it.

The YPG has been the main USA ally in the fight against Islamic State in Syria.

Allies around the world have been stunned by Mattis' departure, having seen the former general as a reliable supporter of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and other long-standing partnerships.

"We have defeated ISIS [Daesh] in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency."
His team often reassured the Kurdish fighters in Syria as well.

"Yesterday units from the Syrian National Army headed towards the Manbij front and took preliminary positions (in preparation) for the battle", said Major Youssef Hamoud, the spokesman for the National Army, the main Turkey-backed rebel force in the area.

The Representative of the Pentagon confirmed signing the order about withdrawal the USA forces from Syria, TASS reports.

Brett McGurk, US envoy to the global coalition fighting Isis, resigned on Saturday (Sunday NZT) in protest at the president's abrupt decision to withdraw US troops.

President Donald Trump said Monday that Saudi Arabia has committed to rebuilding Syria, which has been ravaged by years of civil war between the government, rebels, jihadis and other factions.

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