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USA working with Turkey on 'slow, highly co-ordinated pullout' from Syria

24 Décembre 2018

Israel has backed the US presence in neighbouring Syria as a necessary buffer against its main adversary Iran and increasing encroachments by Russian Federation in Middle East affairs.

US President Donald Trump has said his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, informed him he will "eradicate whatever is left of Isis in Syria". Kurdish leaders hope Washington will continue to press the Turks to hold off.

"The decision to remove the 2,000 US soldiers from Syria won't change our consistent policy", Netanyahu said at the start of a cabinet meeting.

This frame grab from video released Wednesday June 28, 2017, by ANHA news agency, that is consistent with AP reporting, shows Brett McGurk, left, the top us envoy for the global coalition combating IS, leaving after a visit to Syria.

Until Trump finds a permanent defense leader, Shanahan will lead plans for U.S. troops to leave Syria along with a significant drawdown in Afghanistan, both of which critics worry will leave war-torn regions at risk of continued and potentially heightened bloodshed.

British Defense minister Tobias Ellwood said: "I strongly disagree [with Trump]. We also discussed heavily expanded Trade", he said.

As well as mounting airstrikes, British commandos have been deployed in northern Syria.

Turkey has also faced a higher number of Afghans coming into the country illegally this year. USA airstrikes have been crucial in the battle. Turkey already has troops in northwestern Syria and has backed Syrian fighters there to clear towns and villages of IS militants and Kurdish fighters.

An Elysee Palace official said advisers to French President Emmanuel Macron had assured SDF of their support in a meeting with the group's figures in Paris Friday.

Some independent analysts have warned also that declaring victory over IS is premature.

A report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) estimated IS might still have 20,000 to 30,000 militants in Iraq and Syria, mostly operating underground. "The organization has now changed trajectory, its overt insurgency devolving back into covert asymmetric warfare".

Trump later suggested on Twitter that the war against ISIS was over and that the group were defeated.

Trump's decision to withdraw drew cautious optimism from Turkish officials.

The U.S. has since 2014 partnered with the Syrian Kurdish militia to drive out ISIS, a partnership that soured relations between Ankara and Washington. Today, ISIS only controls one percent of the area it once held across Syria and Iraq - an area at its peak the size of OH - due in part to the US military's alliance with the SDF in Syria. "This is a stain on the honor of the United States".

Days later, the main figure leading the war against Islamic State, Brett McGurk, also stepped down, citing "shock" among partners overseas.

USA working with Turkey on 'slow, highly co-ordinated pullout' from Syria