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World U.S. Troops Will Die If They Remain in Syria, Bashar Al-Assad Warns

19:35  15 november  2019
19:35  15 november  2019 Source:   newsweek.com

Turkey Takes Fight Against Kurdish Fighters to Iraq As It Struggles in Syria

  Turkey Takes Fight Against Kurdish Fighters to Iraq As It Struggles in Syria The Turkish Defense Ministry announced that up to seven Kurdish PKK fighters were killed in back-to-back strikes in northern Iraq as deadly clashes continued across the border in Syria.The Turkish Defense Ministry Tuesday first announced on Twitter that "5 PKK terrorists belonging to a separatist terrorist organization identified in the Avashin region in the north of Iraq were neutralized by our UCAVs"—referring to unmanned combat aerial vehicles. The statement, which included a picture of a Bayraktar Tactical drone, added that "operations will continue." Hours later, a second attack was declared.

Syria President Bashar al - Assad has warned that the U . S . is risking another Iraq War by retaining a force inside the country, as the dictator continues But Trump, much to the chagrin of both Damascus and Moscow, intends to retain a force of U . S . troops in the east of the country to guard oil fields there.

The president overruled his military and diplomatic advisers, who warned against abandoning Kurdish allies and ceding influence in Syria to Russia and Iran. Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, said President Trump’ s decision to withdraw U . S . troops from Syria “rattled the world

Syria President Bashar al-Assad has warned that the U.S. is risking another Iraq War by retaining a force inside the country, as the dictator continues his push to forcibly reunify the war-shattered nation.

a person riding on the back of a truck: A convoy of U.S. armoured vehicles patrols the northeastern Syrian town of Qahtaniyah near the border with Turkey, on October 31, 2019.© DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP via Getty Images/Getty A convoy of U.S. armoured vehicles patrols the northeastern Syrian town of Qahtaniyah near the border with Turkey, on October 31, 2019.

Backed by Russia and Iran, Assad has been able to retain his grip on power through more than eight years of civil war.

Following America's withdrawal from northeastern Syria last month and the subsequent Turkish invasion, Assad and his Russian backers have won control over key areas that were previously in the hands of America's Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces allies.

Pentagon says U.S. won't keep revenue from Syrian oil fields

  Pentagon says U.S. won't keep revenue from Syrian oil fields President Trump ordered the withdrawal of troops from the region weeks agoMr. Trump also ordered the withdrawal of troops from the region several weeks ago, but CBS News saw soldiers re-establishing their presence inside northeastern Syria. They wouldn't talk with CBS News, but from what we could overhear, it was more of a meet-and-greet than a tactical deployment of U.S. protection.

WASHINGTON — American troops will remain in Syria long after their fight against the Islamic State to ensure that neither Iran nor President Bashar al - Assad of Syria take over areas that have been newly liberated with help from the United States

Syrian President Bashar al - Assad said that the US resembles the Nazis in their current policy, in an interview with RIA Novosti and the TV channel Russia 24, on November 14th. In the interview, Assad further spoke of how Damascus views the Russian-Turkish memorandum on the situation in the north

But Trump, much to the chagrin of both Damascus and Moscow, intends to retain a force of U.S. troops in the east of the country to guard oil fields there. Though the official purpose of the mission is to protect against resurgent Islamic State forces, Trump has said he wants to bring in an American company to work the oil fields.

Assad told the Rossiya-24 TV channel that American occupiers are risking "an Iraq-style scenario," referring to the bloody and politically disastrous occupation of Iraq following the successful 2003 invasion.

"This outcome was unforeseen for them, but we in Syria foresaw it," Assad said, according to Russia's Tass state news agency.

"So, the U.S. occupation of Syria will give rise to a military confrontation which will lead to losses among the Americans and later to their withdrawal," Assad predicted.

Top US general says 500-600 American troops to stay in Syria

  Top US general says 500-600 American troops to stay in Syria WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says about 500 or 600 U.S. troops will remain in Syria to counter Islamic State fighters. President Donald Trump recently approved an expanded military mission to secure oil fields across eastern Syria. His decision locked hundreds of U.S. troops into a more complicated presence in Syria despite his pledge to bring them home. Gen. Mark Milley (MIHL'-ee) tells ABC's "This Week" thatPresident Donald Trump recently approved an expanded military mission to secure oil fields across eastern Syria. His decision locked hundreds of U.S. troops into a more complicated presence in Syria despite his pledge to bring them home.

American military officials repeatedly warned about the growing mass of troops . The documents described the fighters as a “pro-regime force,” loyal to President Bashar al - Assad of Syria . “The Russian high command in Syria assured us it was not their people,” Defense Secretary Jim Others remained in their trucks, using a combination of thermal screens and joysticks to control and fire the

Turkish troops have advanced into north-eastern Syria The American president announced on Sunday night that US troops would withdraw from the region. In his statement on Wednesday, Trump said: “Turkey is now responsible for ensuring all Isis fighters being held captive remain in

He stopped short of threatening action against the Americans from Syrian regime forces or his Russian backers, which are now busy taking possession of SDF-held positions in the north of the country.

"We certainly do not believe that any confrontation between the U.S. and Russia will occur on Syrian territory," he said.

"It's obvious and benefits neither us, nor Russia, nor global stability, and it is dangerous."

But, the dictator said Syria will be no different from America's long-running and unpopular campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. "The U.S. shouldn't think that they are going to breathe easy in all regions that they occupy," Assad warned.

"We would like to remind them of Iraq and Afghanistan. Syria is not an exception here."

Assad, who has overseen a vast range of war crimes during the course of the war, said Syrian unity was vital to expelling American forces. "Then, the Americans will leave and won't be able to stay here for oil or for anything else," he claimed.

Syria's Assad Dismisses War Crimes Allegations in Rare Interview, Claims He Is 'Capturing the Hearts of the People'

  Syria's Assad Dismisses War Crimes Allegations in Rare Interview, Claims He Is 'Capturing the Hearts of the People' Assad's forces have used tactics including indiscriminate bombing, chemical weapons and mass disappearances in their effort to bring all of Syria back under the dictator's control.Speaking with the Russian government-owned RT.com news website, Assad claimed that he and his Iranian and Russian allies were fighting against terrorist groups, with which the U.S. and its Western partners are working to destabilize the region.

FILE PHOTO: A poster of Syrian President Bashar al - Assad is seen on the main road to the airport in Damascus, Syria April 14, 2018. But LaCamera warned that U . S . law prohibits cooperation with Russia as well as Assad’ s military. “We will continue to train and arm them as long as they remain

Turkey has moved troops into northern Syria , closed its border after accepting 3.5 President Trump has warned sharply against any use of chemical weapons in the anticipated assault on Idlib. “It remains our firm stance that if President Bashar al - Assad chooses to again use chemical weapons

The war erupted in 2011 when Assad's security forces tried to crush mass protests calling for democratic reforms. Over the course of the war, regime forces have used chemical weapons against civilians, conducted regular bombings of non-military targets including hospitals, and disappeared more than 100,000 people.

Some 400,000 people have died in the war to date, according to the United Nations, though estimates range as high as 570,000. Eight American soldiers are among them, some killed in combat and others who died in non-combat circumstances.

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Russia Encroaches on U.S. Stronghold in Syria, Threatening Conflict .
Following the shakeup from the sudden U.S. retreat, major powers in northeast Syria have bolstered their forces and converged on a strategically critical area.Analysts believe the potential for new fighting in northeast Syria is particularly high as Russia seeks to test the resolve of the U.S. and its allies following President Donald Trump's hasty decision to withdraw from the region last month.

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