Published: Thu, October 17, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

After US withdrawal, Russian Federation asserts itself in Syria

After US withdrawal, Russian Federation asserts itself in Syria

"And there are some that are irreversible", said Rubio, who was a Trump rival for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016. "And by the way, they're no angels".

Turkish forces moved into Syria last week after Trump withdrew U.S. troops from the area.

The Kremlin said Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin had invited Erdogan to visit Russia "in the coming days" and that the Turkish president had accepted the invitation.

"No power can stop us until we realize this goal", Erdogan said as he lashed out at his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, despite U.S. threats of crippling sanctions, European arms embargoes and ceasefire demands.

Pence will reportedly meet with Erdogan on Thursday in Ankara.

"The PKK, which is a part of the Kurds, as you know, is probably worse at terror and more of a terrorist threat in many ways than ISIS", Trump said, referring to the Kurdish insurgent group in Turkey linked to Syrian Kurdish fighters.

At the White House, Trump said the USA has no business in the region - and not to worry about the Kurdish fighters.

"We are not looking for a peace mediator nor do we need one".

In the latest potential flashpoint, US military aircraft made a "show of force" over Kobani after Turkish-backed fighters came close to American troops there, a USA official said.

"Let them fight their own wars".

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Democratic presidential hopefuls denounced President Donald Trump's decision to pull US troops back from northern Syria, saying in an OH debate on Tuesday he had endangered America's longtime Kurdish allies while empowering foes Russian Federation and Syria.

Trump said the United States shouldn't be involved in "endless wars" in the Middle East and "it's time for us to come home".

Adding to the building humanitarian crisis, global aid agency Mercy Corps said it was evacuating staffers and suspending operations in northeast Syria because of the "nightmare scenario".

"Syria may have some help with Russian Federation, and that's fine", he said.

In an address to his ruling party legislators, Erdogan said Turkey would not be coerced into halting its offensive or accepting offers for mediation with the Kurdish fighters, which Turkey considers to be terrorists.

Ankara has long argued the Kurdish fighters are nothing more than an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, which has waged a guerrilla campaign inside Turkey since the 1980s and which Turkey, as well as the USA and European Union, designate as a terrorist organization.

Syrian government forces, backed by Washington's adversaries Russian Federation and Iran, have meanwhile taken advantage of the power vacuum left by retreating USA troops to advance swiftly into the largest swath of territory previously outside their grasp.

"Our soldiers are not in harm's way".

This is Pence's first visit to Turkey and his delegation includes Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien. But he said Wednesday, "It's time for us to come home".

But as Trump defends removing troops from northeastern Syria, he's also talking up his recent decision to send more troops to Saudi Arabia to help the kingdom defend itself against Iran. He told reporters that chances for his November trip to Washington are "something to be assessed" after the talks with the American delegation, he said, adding that the sanctions and criticisms in the U.S. constituted "great disrespect toward the Turkish Republic".

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