Turkey to dispatch high-level team to Russian Federation for Syria talks

Dec 28, 2018, 00:28
Turkey to dispatch high-level team to Russian Federation for Syria talks

Trump last week ordered the withdrawal of United States ground forces deployed in Syria to provide training to the YPG under the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance fighting ISIS.

Syrian Turkmen Assembly, representatives of Turkmen minority in Syria, said on Wednesday they fully support Turkey's military operation against the PKK/YPG terrorists in northern Syria.

President of Syrian Turkmen Assembly says that liberation of Manbij and the east of Euphrates River will be answer for "YPG terrorists who abuse Arab, Turkmen, and Kurdish minorities in northern Syria."

A spokesman for Turkey-backed Syrian opposition fighters said that his fighters would not accept the return of government forces to areas in eastern Syria, including Manbij town, after U.S. forces withdraw.

Turkey warned France that it is pointless to maintain its military presence in Syria to protect the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG).

USA -backed forces have also raised concerns about what to do with hundreds of captured IS foreign fighters.

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France confirmed it will remain in the alliance despite the U.S. withdrawal.

Last week, we had news of Donald Trump's decision to pull out USA troops from Syria and the subsequent fallout in the form of the resignation of his defense secretary, James Mattis.

Cavusoglu will travel to Russian Federation to discuss the process of the USA withdrawal in the coming days, CNN Turk said.

The last pockets of IS are in fact in eastern and central Syria, hundreds of kilometers away from the northern areas of the country which the Turkish military and Syrian rebels are accustomed to and where they led two offensives in 2016 and 2018.

It is part of the wider build up of forces in the area.

Turkey announced its plan to launch a fresh military campaign.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters on Tuesday that he will probably meet with Russia's Vladimir Putin to discuss the United States withdrawal.

The complete withdrawal of American troops from Syria also means that Washington is calling it quits unilaterally on stepping up pressure on the Assad regime.

Mayadin and Boukamal are to the north and south respectively, of the town of Hajin, which has seen fierce fighting and an increase in US and coalition airstrikes in recent weeks as USA -backed forces battle about 2,000 IS fighters who are clinging to the last sliver of the terror group's caliphate.

"Anything that an S-400 can do that affords it the ability to better understand a capability like the F-35 is certainly not to the advantage of the coalition", General Tod Wolters, who is also the NATO Allied Air Commander, said.
"We are ready to repulse any attack", he said.

It is widely believed that the reason for Mattis' departure is that Trump declined to retreat from his stand on withdrawal of all American troops from Syria.

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