United States move to leave Syria may increase Israel's aggressiveness

United States move to leave Syria may increase Israel's aggressiveness

United States move to leave Syria may increase Israel's aggressiveness

"We are substantially subsidizing the Militaries of many VERY rich countries all over the world, while at the same time these countries take total advantage of the USA, and our TAXPAYERS, on Trade", he noted.

Aldar Khalil, a senior Kurdish official, urged the USA to stop Turkey from moving ahead with its plans for a major attack against Kurdish groups - which it considers to be terrorist organisations - in northern Syria. We discussed ISIS, our mutual involvement in Syria, & the slow & highly coordinated pullout of USA troops from the area.

His conclusion mirrored that of Mattis, who was seen as a voice of moderation in the mercurial Trump White House and quit after telling the president he could not go along with the Syria decision.

"We have asked our partners to take greater responsibility for securing their home region, including contributing large amounts of money for the resources, equipment, and all of the anti-[IS] effort", Trump said in April after ordering military strikes against Syrian government targets. What do we know about this decision?

United States troops will leave under the watch of a new Pentagon chief next month, after Mr James Mattis resigned from the post citing key differences, including on Syria, with the often-impulsive Mr Trump.

With Iran supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his country's civil war, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has long pledged to keep it from entrenching itself militarily next door.

Hours earlier, Mr Trump had tweeted that he and Mr Erdogan "discussed (ISIS), our mutual involvement in Syria, & the slow & highly coordinated pullout of United States troops from the area".

Military experts and members of both parties balked at Trump's Syria pullout, noting that extremists affiliated with ISIS still remain in the war-torn country's eastern regions.

"We have defeated ISIS [Daesh] in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency."

A rebel spokesman said on Monday Turkish-backed Syrian forces had reinforced the area around the town of Manbij, occupied by the Kurdish fighters, in preparation for the US withdrawal. He explained that "Islamic State" terrorist organization is defeated and the USA has completed its mission in Syria.

Justifying his decision on Twitter yesterday, Mr Trump said: "On Syria, we were originally going to be there for three months, and that was seven years ago - we never left".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and USA counterpart Donald Trump agreed in a phone conversation on Sunday to prevent a power vacuum in Syria after American ground forces withdraw, the Turkish presidency said.

In his email to his staff, McGurk said: "I worked this week to help manage some of the fallout, but - as many of you heard in my many meetings and phone calls - I ultimately concluded that I could not carry out these new instructions and maintain my integrity at the same time". His team often reassured the Kurdish fighters in Syria as well.

As a result of the surprise move, Defense Secretary James Mattis and Brett McGurk, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, have resigned, with Mattis saying that it would be better for the president to appoint someone who agrees with him on policy.

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