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Erdogan, Trump agreed to avoid power vacuum in Syria: Turkish presidency

24 Décembre 2018

"It's certainly not a good thing", she said, noting that "the president of the United States, Donald Trump, is a great friend of Israel, and this administration is, I think, the friendliest administration there's ever been".

The proposal includes more aggressive USA interceptions of Iranian arms shipments such as those to Houthi rebels in Yemen and Palestinian groups in Gaza and Egypt's Sinai, a current official and a knowledgeable former US official said. "Does the U.S. want to be the Policeman of the Middle East, getting NOTHING but spending precious lives and trillions of dollars protecting others who, in nearly all cases, do not appreciate what we are doing?"

"We signed two pieces of major legislation this week, Criminal Justice Reform and the Farm Bill", Trump wrote. But that figure could be as high as 8,000 militants, if fighters hiding out in the deserts south of the Euphrates River are also counted, according to according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the conflict through networks of local informants.

Trump's "Defense" secretary, "Mad Dog" general James Mattis, also known as a "Chihauhua" if he were literally a "dog", resigned in a huff of opposition, too. Time for others to finally fight.

"The two leaders agreed to ensure coordination between their countries' military, diplomatic and other officials to avoid a power vacuum which could result following any abuse of the withdrawal and transition phase in Syria", the presidency said in a statement.

A U.S. soldier walks on a newly installed position, near the tense front line between the US-backed Syrian Manbij Military Council and the Turkish-backed fighters, in Manbij, north Syria, April 4, 2018. It said 50 vehicles had crossed into Syria carrying troops and equipment. A United States defense official told AFP that "there's not a lot of clarity on the future situation", with the air campaign contingent on what allies do.

In a weekly cabinet meeting Sunday, the prime minister declared the decision will not change the Israeli policy of acting militarily against the Iranian presence in Syria, Ravid reported.

French Defense Minister Florence Parly told a French radio station she disagrees with President Trump's assessment that IS has all but been annihilated.

"I call on everyone. not to forget what we owe them", he said.

Critics of the US pullout also contend it would hand victories to Iran and Russian Federation, which are active there.

Just before deciding on Wednesday to remove USA forces from Syria, President Trump had a long telephone conversation with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Ankara fears a Kurdish state could be established on its borders, which it believes might reinforce separatist ambitions of the Kurdish minority in Turkey.

Afghanistan's security forces rely heavily on USA airpower against both Taliban and an upstart Islamic State affiliate. "The scenario of a halt in the anti-terrorist battle is tied to Turkish threats", he told AFP.

Macron said that the troop withdrawal endangers Kurdish fighters, who were instrumental in the U.S-led coalition's fight Islamic State militants. "The SDF is fighting against the terrorism that fomented attacks against Paris and elsewhere". US Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, typically seen as a Trump supporter, said he was "blindsided" by the decision.

Erdogan, Trump agreed to avoid power vacuum in Syria: Turkish presidency