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World U.S. to evacuate 1,000 troops from northern Syria, defense secretary says

19:20  13 october  2019
19:20  13 october  2019 Source:   cbsnews.com

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is poised to evacuate about 1 , 000 U . S . troops from northern Syria amid an ongoing Turkish offensive into the region, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Sunday, calling the situation “untenable” for U . S . forces.

The U . S . is “preparing to evacuate ” about 1 , 000 U . S . troops from northern Syria “as safely and quickly as possible,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper told CBS News on October 13. Local sources in northeast Syria said that U . S . forces are already withdrawing from the city of Ain Issa and the border


Washington — The U.S. is "preparing to evacuate" about 1,000 U.S. troops from northern Syria "as safely and quickly as possible," Defense Secretary Mark Esper told "Face the Nation" in an interview Sunday.

The move comes a week after President Trump announced the repositioning of several dozen American troops embedded with Kurdish forces in northern Syria, opening the door for a Turkish offensive against the Syrian Defense Forces (SDF), the main U.S. allies in the fight against ISIS.

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Washington — The U . S . is "preparing to evacuate " about 1 , 000 U . S . troops from northern Syria "as safely and quickly as possible," Defense Secretary "In the last 24 hours, we learned that [the Turks] likely intend to extend their attack further south than originally planned, and to the west," Esper said .

The American defense secretary said the U . S . would pull out about 1 , 000 troops from the area. Turkey and its Syrian Arab allies are trying to wrest control of northern Syria from a Kurdish-led militia that spearheaded American-backed operations against the Islamic State and that is the offshoot of a

"In the last 24 hours, we learned that [the Turks] likely intend to extend their attack further south than originally planned, and to the west," Esper said. "We also have learned in the last 24 hours that the ... SDF are looking to cut a deal, if you will, with the Syrians and the Russians to counterattack against the Turks in the north."

  • Transcript: Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on "Face the Nation"

Esper told "Face the Nation" the troops remaining in the country were caught between Turkish forces and the SDF. According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 internally displaced people are fleeing the violence.

"And so we find ourselves, we have American forces likely caught between two opposing advancing armies, and it's a very untenable situation," Esper said. "So I spoke with the president last night, after discussions with the rest of the national security team, and he directed that we begin a deliberate withdrawal of forces from northern Syria."

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The US is "preparing to evacuate " about 1 , 000 U . S . troops from northern Syria "as safely and quickly as possible" Defense Secretary Mark Esper told "Face the Nation" in a Sunday interview that the Trump administration is "preparing to evacuate " about 1 , 000 U . S . troops from northern Syria "as

The United States said on Sunday it is poised to withdraw some 1 , 000 troops from northern Syria after learning that Turkey planned to extend a REUTERS/Murad Sezer. Another consideration in the decision, U . S . Defense Secretary Mark Esper indicated, was that Washington’ s Kurdish-led ally, the

Asked if the U.S. had the authority to return fire, Esper said U.S. troops "have the right to self defense and we will execute it if necessary."

Shortly after the initial pullback last week, Turkey began its onslaught, attacking the northern part of the country. On Saturday, the fourth day of the offensive, Turkish forces captured a key border town from the SDF. ISIS prisoners were also able to escape imprisonment when Turkish artillery hit a prison compound.

While the U.S. move is a gift to the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, it's seen as a stark betrayal of the Kurds who have fought alongside U.S. forces for years to defeat ISIS. The Kurds, former U.S. officials and senior Republican lawmakers have warned the U.S. pullout from the region could give ISIS room to rebuild, and send a message that the U.S. is willing to abandon close allies when the political winds change.

Pentagon chief says keeping some troops in northeastern Syria under discussion .
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday that keeping some U.S. troops in parts of northeastern Syria near oilfields with Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to ensure the oil did not fall into the hand of Islamic State or others was one of the options that was being discussed, but no decision had been made. © REUTERS/Erin Scott U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper addresses reporters during a media briefing at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., October 11, 2019.

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