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World White House says Turkey's Syria operation is imminent, US troops won't be present

06:51  07 october  2019
06:51  07 october  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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The White House on Sunday night said Turkey will soon be launching a military operation in northeastern Syria and that U . S More than 1,000 U . S . troops are currently deployed in northeastern Syria , where they work closely with the Kurdish YPG, which leads the Syrian Democratic Forces in

Commanders and Pentagon officials had said in February that they would most likely have to draw down to the smaller residual force by late April or early The American military started withdrawing equipment from Syria in January, just weeks after Mr. Trump’ s order to wind down operations .

The White House on Sunday night said Turkey will soon be launching a military operation in northeastern Syria and that U.S. troops will no longer be "in the immediate area" when it happens.

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"Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria. The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation, and United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial 'Caliphate,' will no longer be in the immediate area," White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.

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The White House says Turkey is about to move "forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria " and the US "will not support or be involved in the operation " and US troops "will no longer be in the immediate area." pic.twitter.com/57F8tB1K97.

WASHINGTON — The White House said on Thursday that it planned to leave about 200 American troops in Syria , signaling a partial retreat from President Trump’ s announcement in December that he would withdraw all 2,000 forces after what he described as a victory over the Islamic State .

The announcement comes hours after President Trump held a phone call with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in which the two reportedly discussed the conflict and agreed to a meeting in Washington in November.

More than 1,000 U.S. troops are currently deployed in northeastern Syria, where they work closely with Kurdish fighters who have proven to be among Washington's strongest allies in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Erdogan has repeatedly expressed frustration with Washington's close alliance with the Kurds along his country's border with Syria, linking them to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is designated a terrorist organization in Turkey.

The U.S., in an effort to reduce tensions in the region, has been working on establishing a safe zone along the border. But the plans have faltered, and the Turkish president in recent days has warned that Ankara will soon be launching a military operation across the border, as soon as within the next couple of days.

Grisham in her Sunday statement added the U.S. will not be holding any more ISIS fighters, and that "Turkey will now be responsible for all ISIS fighters in the area captured over the past two years in the wake of the defeat of the territorial 'Caliphate' by the United States."

U.N. calls for protecting civilians in northeast Syria .
Civilians must be spared in any Turkish military operation in northeast Syria, where the United Nations hopes that mass displacement and Srebrenica-like killings can be prevented, a senior U.N. aid official said on Monday. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The United States began pulling troops from northeast Syria in a major policy shift, opening the way for a Turkish attack on Kurdish-led forces long allied to Washington and handing Turkey responsibility for thousands of jihadi captives.

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