Trump talks to Turkey leader about 'slow' Syria troop withdrawal

Trump talks to Turkey leader about 'slow' Syria troop withdrawal

Trump talks to Turkey leader about 'slow' Syria troop withdrawal

Last Wednesday Trump announced that the USA would withdraw its troops from Syria, following an October 14 phone call with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in which the two leaders agreed on the need for more effective coordination over the war-torn country. This is the two leaders' second phone conversation in 10 days. Our troops are coming home. He said that he agreed with the President of the United States Donald trump on military and diplomatic coordination to prevent the emergence of a power vacuum after the withdrawal of the us military.

The next day, Trump said Russia, Iran and Syria were unhappy about the US move "because now they will have to fight ISIS and others". He had asked for an immediate withdrawal, but experts convinced him that they needed time to work out a timetable.

"On Wednesday, White House spokesperson, Sarah Sanders, however, also said in a statement that, "These victories over ISIS in Syria do not signal the end of the coalition or its campaign", adding, 'We have started returning the USA troops home as we transition to the next phase of this campaign". The Observatory said 50 vehicles crossed into Syria - carrying troops and equipment.

"Within the framework of the phone call we had with Mr. Trump, we have started preparing plans for operations to clear the ISIS elements still within Syria", he continued.

Turkey has carried out two operations in Syria, dubbed "Euphrates Shield" and "Olive Branch", against the YPG and the Islamic State in northern Syria.

The spokesman for the Kurdish-led Manbij Military Council, Sharfan Darwish, said Turkish reinforcements had arrived in the area.

Turkey had since made multiple attempts to capture the region, but USA troops in the area provided an obstacle. The Kurdish militia has expressed shock at the US decision to withdraw, and now faces a triple threat from Turkey, the Syrian government and IS. The US has backed the Peoples Protection Units (YPG) in the fight against ISIS, but Turkey sees the militia as a terrorist organisation tied to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

"To be an ally is to fight shoulder to shoulder", he said, "paying tribute" to outgoing Secretary Mattis, who he called a "reliable partner".

"We must not forget what we owe them", Macron said Sunday on a visit to Chad.

Meanwhile, the U.S. military has confirmed that the order to withdraw United States troops from Syria had been signed, after Trump held talks with his Turkish counterpart to negotiate a pullout that has stunned Washington's allies.

Mustafa Bali, the spokesperson for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in a tweet Friday said heavy clashes erupted after IS fighters conducted a "huge" counterattack in Abu Khater village in eastern Syria's Hajin region.

"And so they began pulling out", Erdogan said.

France's President Emmanuel Macron has expressed his regret with his American counterpart's decision to withdraw troops from Syria.

Turkey's fears about Kurdish militia were partly allayed by a deal reached in June over Manbij.

"It would be reckless if we were just to say, well, the physical caliphate is defeated, so we can just leave now", McGurk told reporters in a Dec 11 briefing at the State Department.

Hammoud said there is "no alternative" except Turkish forces and allied Syrian fighters.

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