Syria regime says Kurdish fighters withdraw from Manbij

Syria regime says Kurdish fighters withdraw from Manbij

Trump did not provide a timetable for the planned military exit from Syria, which he announced last month against the advice of top national security aides and without consulting lawmakers or USA allies participating in anti-ISIS operations. Trump said on Wednesday he had essentially fired Mattis, whose letter of resignation was seen as a sharp rebuke to the Republican president.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a vocal critic of President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw us troops from Syria, said he felt confident on the pullout after spending a two-hour lunch with the president on December 30.

However, Trump modified that decision, following a December 26 visit to Iraq, where he was briefed by U.S. commanders, as Sen. "I never said I'm getting out tomorrow".

When he announced he was pulling troops from Syria, Trump said the withdrawal would be rapid.

Trump had initially ordered the military to withdraw personnel within 30 days when he announced his abrupt Syria pullout last month.

Following the announcement that US Troops would be pulled out of Syria, Turkey planned a military operation against pro-US Kurds.

Trump announced less than two weeks ago that he meant to withdraw the troops that are now in Syria.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity to reporters in Rio de Janeiro as Netanyahu continues his state visit to Brazil, said the premier made the request during a recent phone call with Trump, after the U.S. leader announced plans to remove troops from the war-torn Arab country.

Turkey views the SDF as a branch of its own Kurdish separatist movement and is threatening to launch an offensive against the group, igniting fears of significant civilian casualties.

US commanders planning the USA withdrawal are recommending that YPG fighters battling ISIS be allowed to keep USA -supplied weapons, according to US officials.

CNN reported that Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had communed with national security adviser, John R. Bolton, before the two men travel to Turkey and Israel.

"If anybody but Donald Trump did what I did in Syria, which was an ISIS loaded mess when I became President, they would be a national hero", Trump tweeted.

As for the YPG, geography alone prevents them from selling oil to Iran, a knowledgeable Kurdish source told Kurdistan 24. We're not thrilled about that. OK? He said they would discuss how to best confront security challenges facing allies & partners in the region, "including the next phase of the fight against ISIS".

Their departure was in line with an agreement "for the return of normal life to the area of northern Syria", the ministry said in a statement. "It's sand. And it's death".

A little while after the president's Monday tweets on withdrawing the troops, he followed up by writing, "I am the only person in America who could say that, 'I'm bringing our great troops back home, with victory, ' and get BAD press".

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