Trump doubles down on Syria pullout: 'Stop the endless wars!'

Trump doubles down on Syria pullout: 'Stop the endless wars!'

Trump doubles down on Syria pullout: 'Stop the endless wars!'

A USA defense official told Fox News on Friday that the US -led military coalition in Syria started the process of removing troops from the region, but wouldn't confirm further details for security purposes.

Kurdish-led groups who control swathes of northern Syria fear an attack from Turkey in the wake of US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw troops from their region.

"Likewise, do not want the Kurds to provoke Turkey", the president added, referring to the PYD/YPG terrorists.

"We are confident we can achieve an outcome that achieves both of those: that protects the Turks from legitimate terror threats, and prevents any substantial risk to the folks who don't present terror risks to Turkey", Pompeo said, without elaborating on how each side would be protected. Turkey considers the YPG to be affiliated with the PKK, which is banned by Ankara as a terrorist organisation.

"The withdrawal is based on operational conditions on the ground, including conversation with our allies and partners, and is not be subject to an arbitrary timeline", he said.

Erdogan rebuffed a proposed meeting with Bolton in Ankara on January 8, then took to live television instead to insult him for a lack of perspective.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a coalition of militias led by the Kurdish YPG, have driven Islamic State from a swathe of northern and eastern Syria with the help of the US -led coalition over the last four years.

"The interlocutor of our president is President Trump even though different voices have been raised from [U.S.] security forces and other elements".

In a phone call with Çavuşoğlu on Saturday, the two foreign ministers discussed the latest developments in Syria, according to the sources.

In a rare acknowledgment that French troops were also in Syria, he said they would leave when there is a political solution in the country.

Ankara, which views the fighters a danger to its southern border, has reacted angrily to suggestions that Trump's plan to withdraw troops was conditional on the safety of the US-backed Kurdish forces.

Pompeo said Friday that Washington recognized "the Turkish people's right and Erdogan's right to defend their country from terrorists".

Mr Pompeo said yesterday that the speech had not taken aim at individuals but rather the ideas of the previous administration, adding that the Obama-era policies opened the way for Islamic State and the spread of Iran's influence in the region.

Nor will it stop the United States from trying to get "every Iranian boot out of Syria", Pompeo said.

The U.S. withdrawal has begun with shipments of military equipment, U.S. defense officials said.

The president's announcement also accelerated the resignation of Brett McGurk, the special envoy to the coalition fighting ISIS.

Colonel Sean Ryan, the coalition spokesman, said: "The SDF is making great progress and continues to liberate more territory once held by ISIS (Islamic State), but the fight continues".

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