US Wants to Protect Kurds in Syria Even After Troops Withdrawal

US Wants to Protect Kurds in Syria Even After Troops Withdrawal

US Wants to Protect Kurds in Syria Even After Troops Withdrawal

"Iran is pulling people out of Syria".

The US-led coalition launched its first raids against IS in September, 2014, more than two years before Trump won the US election.

Mr Trump also pledged to protect the Kurdish population in areas under United States and Kurdish control in Syria at the moment.

Trump did not provide a timetable for the planned military exit from Syria, which he unexpectedly announced last month against the advice of top national security aides and without consulting politicians or USA allies participating in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS).

During a lightning visit to U.S. troops based in Iraq last week, Trump said the United States would no longer be the world's "policeman".

Critics of Trump's decision for the withdrawal not only warn of a resurgence of ISIL, but worry that the withdrawal is a betrayal of US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria and leaves them vulnerable to an attack from Turkish forces. Theoretically, such oil could be shipped across Turkey to Iran, but Ankara "would never allow it", he said.

The strike came a day after Iraq's government hinted at greater involvement for its armed forces in Syria as the USA begins withdrawing troops from the country.

He said: "I shouldn't be popular in Europe".

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In mid-December, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced an imminent Turkish operation east of the Euphrates River in northern Syria, saying Turkey had begun taking action toward the offensive against the PKK terror group's Syrian affiliate the YPG.

His announcement of an abrupt withdrawal of USA forces cost him his defence secretary when Jim Mattis quit in protest.

Bolton's spokesman, Garrett Marquis, said in a statement Monday that Bolton will be joined in Turkey by Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and James Jeffrey, the secretary of state's special representative for Syria engagement.

"We don't want to be taken advantage of any more by countries that use us", he said.

Netanyahu added, "We have a lot to discuss". "Our priority is to continue until the end".

Those concerns are shared at the top of Trump's own Republican party. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina.

After two hours, he emerged, saying Trump "understands the need to finish the job".

Following the announcement that US Troops would be pulled out of Syria, Turkey planned a military operation against pro-US Kurds. Garrett Marquis, a spokesperson for the National Security Council, stated, "Ambassador John Bolton will travel to Israel and Turkey in early January to discuss the deliberate and coordinated withdrawal of USA forces from Syria, and increased cooperation with the Turkish military and other partners".

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