Trump's Pull-Out From Syria Cools His Generals Down, Benefits Israel - Publicist

Arturo Kim
December 27, 2018

Erdogan, speaking to reporters in Ankara, said Turkey was taking into account Trump's announcement on Syria rather than French President Emmanuel Macron's decision.

Although the civil war in Syria has gone on since 2011, the USA did not begin launching airstrikes against IS until September 2014, and American troops did not go into Syria until 2015.

Hammoud said there is "no alternative" to Turkish forces and their allies replacing U.S troops.

After President Donald Trump unexpected announced a strategy-free withdrawal of USA troops from Syria, Brett McGurk, a longtime national security official acting as the president's special envoy to the coalition against ISIS, resigned his post.

Yet, despite the heavy casualties and lost battles ISIS has suffered, the collapse of the caliphate, expulsion from its Syrian capital Raqqa and Iraqi capital Mosul, and from nearly all territories it controlled in both countries, ISIS is not dead.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has invited his American counterpart Donald Trump to visit Turkey in 2019, the White House said on Monday.

The Syrian Democratic Forces, the USA -backed Kurdish group, says it is scrambling to put together a backup plan now.

On Sunday, the Pentagon confirmed that the order to withdraw United States troops from Syria had been signed. Turkey said the two countries will ensure there is no "authority vacuum" once the USA troops leave.

"This is insane. This is the most successful counter-insurgence we have conducted in living memory, getting rid of the Islamic State using Kurdish forces. Now we will see more Sunni resistance and some limited involvement of the Saudis".

Speaking to Kurds living near U.S. bases in northern Syria, many expressed their resentment for what they described as USA "betrayal" of the Kurds. With American help, the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) drove Syrian regime forces out of large parts of the northeast in 2012, and has controlled those areas since.

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The presidential spokesperson also said a United States military delegation was expected to arrive in Turkey this week to discuss coordination for USA pullout from Syria, Xinhua news agency reported.

Kalin said there will be no "step back, weakness, halting or a slowing down" of the fight against the IS.

"All the work they did together, and now they are leaving so suddenly", he says.

The continued air support contrasts with initial reports last week that said the United States would likely end its air campaign against ISIS when it pulls out the troops.

"It is hard to see Turkey amassing a significant enough military and proxy force to punch 500 kilometers south from the Turkish border to clear remaining IS pockets from the mid-Euphrates Valley".

Trump has claimed to have defeated IS, but the Kurdish fighters are still battling the extremists in the remote town of Hajin near the Iraqi border.

Ahmed, the senior Syrian Kurdish official, had just returned from a trip to France in which she called on Paris to play a larger role in Syria following the US withdrawal.

In typical fashion, Trump said Saturday that the media was treating him unfairly over the Syria withdrawal decision.

In fact, Kurdish fighters immediately discussed releasing almost 3,200 ISIS prisoners after the announcement of the withdrawal.

"I worked this week to help manage some of the fallout but - as many of you heard in my meetings and phone calls - I ultimately concluded that I could not carry out these new instructions and maintain my integrity".

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