Backed Syrian Forces Have ISIS in Its 'Final Moments'
14 January, 2019, 05:24 | Author: Myra Gill
Trump announced on his Twitter page that U.S. troops in Syria are starting their pullout "while hitting the little remaining ISIS [Daesh*]' terrorists 'from many directions", adding that U.S. "will attack again from existing nearby base if it [Daesh terrorist group] reforms". The president also vowed that the U.S.
The US military, Trump promised, will still use an "existing nearby base", apparently in Iraq, to attack the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants if the terrorist organization re-emerges in Syria.
"Will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds", Trump continued.
Russia, Iran and Syria have been the biggest beneficiaries of the long term US policy of destroying ISIS in Syria - natural enemies. "Stop the ENDLESS WARS!" Using his typical mode of communication to reaffirm the withdrawal of American troops from the ground, the USA president warned Ankara against seeing this as an opportunity to stage any military campaign against Syrian Kurds.
The bilateral relations have been further aggravated by U.S. threats to halt the transfer of military tech to its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, including the fifth generation F-35 stealth fighter jets, and even to impose sanctions over Turkey's commitment to purchase Russian S-400 air defense systems, a diversification of weapons suppliers that enhances its national security. They fear the departure of American troops would allow Turkey to attack them.
The SDF, a coalition of militias led by the Kurdish YPG, have driven IS from a swathe of northern and eastern Syria with the help of the US-led coalition over the past four years.
"We recognize the Turkish people's right and President Erdogan's to defend their country from terrorists", Pompeo said Saturday, according to NPR's Michele Kelemen, who is traveling with the secretary.
Ankara believes that the Syrian Kurds - who have been allies to the U.S.in the fight against ISIS - are linked to groups that are trying to destabilize Turkey.
Turkey had reacted angrily to previous suggestions that Trump's plan to withdraw troops was conditional on the safety of the US-backed Kurdish fighters, who are seen by the Turkish government as terrorists.
Residents near border crossings that are typically used by United States forces going in and out of Syria from Iraq said they had seen no obvious or large-scale movement of USA ground forces on Friday. "In the last 36 hours alone, the air force struck storage facilities with Iranian weapons at the Damascus International Airport. The bulk of recent attacks show how we are more committed than ever to act against Iran in Syria, as we promised".
She also said the territory previously controlled by the United States should be transferred to the Syrian regime.
"We have achieved the goal that we set out to achieve", he said.
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