Turkey will 'eradicate ISIS' in Syria after U.S. troops withdrawal, says Trump

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"That's a really good question", the commandant told his troops in Afghanistan, who are desperate to know how the confusion in Washington affects them.

Ahmed said her forces are talking with the Russians and the Syrian government - both rivals of the United States - as well as European countries about ways to deal with the US withdrawal. "I've read the same stuff in the newspaper you did, I have a little more knowledge than that, but not a whole lot more".

In his resignation letter Mattis stated that Trump's world view was irreconcilable with his own.

The U.S. and Saudi Arabia's relationship has come under greater scrutiny due to widespread allegations that Prince Mohammed was behind the slaying of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul in October and reports of civilian casualties amid the kingdom's war against a Zaidi Shiite Muslim group known as Ansar Allah, or the Houthis, in Yemen.

One was Gen. Joseph Dunford., chairman of the Joint Chiefs.

"Basically, US forces' arrival and presence in the region was a wrong, illogical, tension-provoking and crisis-inducing move from the outset, and has always been one of the key contributors to instability and insecurity in the region", the Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

Trump on Saturday said that the jihadist group "is largely defeated".

Turkey considers the Kurdish fighters in the Syrian Democratic Forces to be part of an terrorist insurgency causing unrest in the country.

Outgoing US Secretary of Defense James Mattis on Sunday signed the order to send home the 2,000 US troops stationed in Syria, the US media reported. But, internal politics aside, Trump should be concerned that, come February, he'll have to do without two of his top officials who led the United States fighting in the Middle east. Having not done so, the former official said, "would be an indictment of the president himself had he not met the individual coordinating the worldwide coalition against the Islamic State". "We are taking necessary measures to defend ourselves if we are attacked", he said.

On Sunday, the SDF announced they evacuated more than 1,000 civilians from central Hajin and moved them to safety.

In August, Riyadh said it would contribute $100m to northeast Syria for "stabilisation projects" in areas once held by IS and now controlled by US-backed forces, but it remains unclear if Trump was referring to this assistance in his tweet. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. Do we want to be there forever?

McGurk was tasked with coordinating worldwide efforts, from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to militia groups, in the effort against Islamic State militants in the region.

"After all, America is in a state of attrition, and I don't believe that it will have the financial means to upkeep the same level of military presence it has overseas for much longer. ISIS hits us they are doomed!"

"I urge Trump to go back on his decision inciting Erdogan against the Syrian people in general and the Kurdish people in specific and I call on him to return the favour", she said.