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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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U . S . "preparing to evacuate " remaining troops from northern Syria , defense secretary says . 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

Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper, second from left, this month. “Fifty service members are not going to stop a Turkish advance,” he said . “The U . S . doesn’t have the forces on hand to stop an invasion of Turkey that is 15, 000 strong.”Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times.


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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Defense secretary : Trump orders withdrawal of remaining US troops from northern Syria . While the majority of the 1 , 000 US troops in Syria are in the northern part of the country, the US military also maintains a small presence in southern Syria at a base in At Tanf where the US trains local anti-ISIS

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"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 United States is poised to evacuate about 1 , 000 U . S . troops from northern Syria , Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Sunday in an interview with "Face the Nation" SDF are looking to cut a deal, if you will, with the Syrians and the Russians to counterattack against the Turks in the north ."

Defence Secretary Mark Esper said Turkey "likely intends" to extend its attack further than originally planned. Mr Esper said the decision to withdraw the nearly 1 , 000 US troops from northern Syria was made after discussions with his national security team and US President Donald Trump.

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.

Iraq: American troops leaving Syria cannot stay in Iraq .
BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S. troops leaving Syria and heading to neighboring Iraq do not have permission to stay in the country, Iraq's military said Tuesday as American forces continued to pull out of northern Syria after Turkey's invasion of the border region. The statement appears to contradict U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who has said that under the current plan, all U.S. troops leaving Syria will go to western Iraq and the military would continue to conduct operations against the Islamic State group to prevent its resurgence in the region.

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