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World Defense Dept watchdog says Turkish incursion and U.S. drawdown helped ISIS

15:35  20 november  2019
15:35  20 november  2019 Source:   cbsnews.com

American suspected of ISIS connections trapped in no man's land between Turkish, Greek borders: reports

  American suspected of ISIS connections trapped in no man's land between Turkish, Greek borders: reports A U.S. citizen suspected of being a member of ISIS, is reportedly stuck in a heavily militarized no-man’s land between the borders of the country that kicked him out, Turkey, and the one that refuses to accept him, Greece, officials say. © AP A Turkish security car stationed at the Turkey-Greece border gate near Pazarkule, Edirne, Turkey, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. Turkish news reports said that a U.S. citizen who had been deported by Turkey on Monday, was stuck in a heavily militarized no man's land between the borders of Greece and Turkey, after Greece refused to take him in.

The IG' s report says that the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) has concluded that " ISIS exploited the Turkish incursion and subsequent drawdown of U . S . troops". President Trump defied warnings from Republicans, Democrats and national security experts who warned that such an abrupt pullout would

According to the Defense Department inspector general' s quarterly report, which was released on Tuesday, the Turkish incursion into northeastern Syria and American drawdown of U . S . troops have helped ISIS and could "strengthen [ ISIS '] ability to plan attacks abroad." The Trump administration' s

According to the Defense Department inspector general's quarterly report, which was released on Tuesday, the Turkish incursion into northeastern Syria and American drawdown of U.S. troops have helped ISIS and could "strengthen [ISIS'] ability to plan attacks abroad."

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The Trump administration's announcement that the U.S. would withdraw the nearly 1,000 troops in Syria in October cleared the way for Turkey to invade northern Syria, resulting in the death of dozens of civilians and the displacement of over 200,000 from the region, as well as the escape of about 200 ISIS fighters from prisons run by Syrian Kurdish allies. The IG's report says that the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) has concluded that "ISIS exploited the Turkish incursion and subsequent drawdown of U.S. troops"

Turkey's Erdoğan showed propaganda film about Kurds during White House meeting: report

  Turkey's Erdoğan showed propaganda film about Kurds during White House meeting: report Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan reportedly took out an iPad to show President Trump and a group of Republican senators a propaganda film about Kurdish-led forces during a White House meeting on Wednesday. Axios, citing three unidentified sources familiar with the meeting, reported that Erdoğan displayed the film as he met with lawmakers who have been outspoken in their opposition of Turkey's recent invasion in northern Syria. The film reportedly depicted the Kurdish YPG, which leads the Syrian Democratic Forces, and the PKK, the Kurdistan Workers' Party, as terrorists.

" ISIS exploited the Turkish incursion and subsequent drawdown of U . S . troops to reconstitute capabilities and resources within Syria and strengthen its ability to plan attacks abroad," according to a Defense Intelligence Agency analysis of open sources, the report said . Let our news meet your inbox.

" ISIS exploited the Turkish incursion and subsequent drawdown of U . S . troops to reconstitute capabilities and resources within Syria and strengthen its ability to plan attacks abroad," according to a Defense Intelligence Agency analysis of open sources, the report said .

President Trump defied warnings from Republicans, Democrats and national security experts who warned that such an abrupt pullout would reverse the gains made in the fight against ISIS. Amid those concerns, the U.S. conducted a raid in Syria that resulted in the death of the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The IG's report notes that the DIA states that al-Baghdadi's death "would likely have little effect on the ability of ISIS to reconstitute."

The DIA also says that "absent counterterrorism pressure, ISIS would likely have more freedom to build clandestine networks." It predicted that ISIS would try to free its members in SDF-run prisons and camps, and will now "likely have the 'time and space' to target the West and provide support to its global branches and networks." ISIS will also, the DIA said, "probably seek to regain control of some Syrian population centers and expand its global footprint."

Turkey needs to 'get rid of' S-400s to overcome impasse: State Dept official .
Turkey needs to "get rid of" the Russian S-400 missile defense system it purchased, a senior State Department official said on Thursday, to overcome a standoff with Washington, which says the procurement poses a threat to NATO defense capabilities. © Reuters/TURKISH MILITARY/TURKISH DEFENCE A Russian plane carrying parts of a Russian S-400 defense system lands at Murted Airport near Ankara "There is room for Turkey to come back to the table. They know that to make this work they need to either destroy or return or somehow get rid of the S-400," the official told reporters at a briefing.

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