USA to coordinate troop withdrawal from Syria with Turkey

Putin Welcomes Trump's Syria Withdrawal: 'Donald's Right'

Then President Donald Trump yielded to a suggestion from Erdogan to pull US forces from Syria, where they have been fighting Islamic State., shocking even those in his inner circle and leading to the resignation of Defense Secretary James Mattis.

The crushing response of the IDF is very important following President Trump's announcement of the USA withdrawal from Syria: the IDF explicitly stated that with and without an American presence, it would not hesitate to attack Iranian targets in Syria, and with significant force.

President Donald Trump last week ordered the withdrawal of USA ground forces deployed in Syria to provide training to the YPG under the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance battling the Islamic State. So now Turkey is faced with the double task of fighting both ISIL and PYD/YPG which for Ankara is the Syrian extension of the terrorist organization PKK.

Last week, US President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of 2,000 US ground forces that had been in Syria to provide training to the YPG under the SDF.

Trump said on Sunday after a telephone conversation with Erdogan that he counted on him to "eradicate" ISIS which he said was now "largely defeated". "While nothing definite is being planned, the President is open to a potential meeting in the future", a White House spokesperson later said on Monday evening. Senior defense officials have said Trump's decision to abandon USA allies on the ground in Syria was more than Mattis could accept. "We have made contact with Russia, France and European Union countries to help", said Badran Jia Kurd, a senior Kurdish official who went to Moscow last week for talks with Russian foreign ministry officials.

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Last Thursday, the United Kingdom -based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a group that uses ground sources to monitor the conflict, confirmed that the SDF leadership and the Assad regime held discussions in northern Syria to hand over oil fields in exchange for a veto on the prospective Turkish invasion.

And Kalin vowed that there was "no question of a step backwards, vulnerability or a slowdown in the fight against Daesh". Turkey is an active member of the Global Coalition Against Daesh and is co-chairing Counter-Daesh Coalition Working Group on Foreign Terrorist Fighters. To beat Daesh, we don't need the PKK or the YPG.

According to Balanche, Turkey could at most "prevent" an ISIS resurgence by closing its border with Syria to the jihadists and carrying out targeted operations like in the al-Bab region of northern Syria in 2016.

"If Turkey says that it will enter Syria, it will be so", Cavusoglu told reporters.

Turkey said this month it would launch a new military operation to sweep the YPG Kurdish militia from northern Syria, but put that on hold after the United States said it would pull its troops out.

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