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Turkey pursues freedom of Arabs, Kurds in Syria: Erdogan

25 December 2018

"What does this say about the foreign policy of the United States?" he said.

Mr Macron showered praise on US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, who quit in the wake of Mr Trump's move.

Some of Trump's closest allies had attempted to publicly persuade the president to reverse his decision on the pullout. "We see the problems of the Kurds as our own", he said on Monday, Anadolu Agency reported.

US President Donald Trump's surprise decision to withdraw forces from Syria on Wednesday has created shock among members of the US Congress, including Republicans, as well as among Washington's Western allies. "I DO, and it is being fixed!"

The head of US and North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces in Afghanistan, Gen. Austin Miller, hadn't been issued orders about the drawdown either, the paper reported.

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Some might be relieved to see him go if they are now freer to push publicly for their agendas, the official said.

After being overruled by the White House, outgoing Secretary of Defense James Mattis signed an order on Monday to commence the withdrawal of the roughly 2,000 American troops fighting ISIS in Syria, CBS News confirmed. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who was among those attending.

Mattis delivered his resignation letter to Trump at the White House last week, citing differences with the president over the importance of alliances.

Over the weekend, the president accused McGurk in a tweet of being a "grandstander" who, "I do not know".

To another gathering of Marines, the general said, "I don't think anybody really knows exactly what's going to happen".

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On Wednesday, Trump said he was withdrawing United States troops from Syria, citing its cost in terms of United States military lives and taxpayer money.

"With me, hit hard instead by the Fake News Media".

"Saudi Arabia has now agreed to spend the necessary money needed to help rebuild Syria, instead of the United States", Trump said via Twitter.

He also said that the president has the right to have a secretary of defense whose views better align with his.

But, after first praising Mattis in light of his exit, Trump switched gears over the weekend and announced he was installing Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan to replace the seasoned military official on an acting basis starting January 1.

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Trump received criticism from Republican and Democratic lawmakers, former government leaders, and global allies for what they have perceived as a premature withdrawal of US forces from Syria, where troops have been since 2015 assisting a Syrian Arab and Kurdish alliance fighting against IS. SDF officials have said they may have no choice but to release more than 1,000 prisoners and their families unless they are somehow able to work out a deal with the Syrian government. Just a day before, however, State Department deputy spokesman Robert Palladino said, "We've made significant progress recently in the campaign. but the job is not yet done".

Turkey pursues freedom of Arabs, Kurds in Syria: Erdogan