Published: Tue, October 22, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Turkey Syria offensive: Some US troops to stay, says Trump

Turkey Syria offensive: Some US troops to stay, says Trump

Some of Mr Trump's closest allies in Washington have joined a chorus of outrage at what they see as a betrayal of the Kurds, whose guerrilla units did much of the ground fighting against Islamic State group in Syria, while being supported by U.S. heavy firepower.

Speaking at an anti-smoking program held in Istanbul, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said: "We expect our American allies to keep their promises this time".

Trump also said he was fulfilling a campaign promise to disengage from worldwide conflicts as part of his "America first" agenda as he seeks re-election next year.

Defence Secretary Mark Esper confirmed on Monday that the United States was considering keeping a small force in northeastern Syria, alongside the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, to prevent oil fields there from falling into the hands of the Islamic State.

As President Donald Trump defended pulling US troops from parts of northern Syria as a move that will bring Americans home from "endless wars", his administration's Pentagon chief this weekend confirmed that all forces exiting Syria will be deployed to western Iraq.

The official said the President favors this concept.

US President Donald Trump says he is still committed to withdrawing all American troops from Syria - as he promised on the campaign trail three years ago - but he's been asked by Israel and Jordan to leave some forces there. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

"I don't think it's necessary, other than we secure the oil".

Mr. Erdogan has also said Turkey will set up a dozen observation posts in the "safe zone", prompting criticism from Iran.

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Twitter has been abuzz this weekend with the revelation of Sen. "He tweets so much ", Romney said of Trump. Mike Lee (R) for supporting the White House's Syria withdrawal.

European governments, including M Macron's, are scrambling to fast-track a plan to move thousands of foreign Isis militants out of Syrian prison camps and into Iraq, after the outbreak of fresh conflict in Syria raised the risk of jihadists and their families escaping or returning home.

Mr Trump says he sympathises with Turkey's view that the Syrian Kurds are linked to Kurdish insurgents within its own borders and therefore pose a security threat to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally.

Turkey's almost two-week old offensive has displaced some 300,000 people and led to 120 casualties among civilians and 470 among SDF fighters, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday.

President Trump went on to say if Turkey misbehaves, the USA will tariff it's goods and impose further sanctions.

At the same time, the Kurds announced they had worked out a deal with Russian Federation for the Syrian government's military to deploy in border areas to protect them against the Turkish offensive. You know, we have 28 troops, as it turned out.

One man blocked the way of a USA van with a poster reading: "Thanks for United States people, but Trump betrayed us".

According to a USA official, about a couple hundred troops have left Syria so far. Trump's pushed the same message on Twitter, arguing last week, "I am the only person who can fight for the safety of our troops & bring them home". He said the USA should work "to limit the damage of this past decision and preserve the areas we liberated together".

Turkey was "hosting them in different cities, ISIS headquarters", and "they were releasing their guerrillas", Dundar continued. And we never gave the Kurds a commitment that we'd stay for the next 400 years and protect them, ' the president said.

Turkey's illegal invasion was largely designed to create a buffer between Syrian Kurds and Turkey - a "safe zone" - which would be about 300 miles long by 20 miles deep.

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