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Turkey: Pointless for France to Remain in Syria to Protect YPG

28 December 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump gave an additional boost to the relationship earlier this month when he agreed to withdraw troops from Syria, signaling an end to his support for Kurdish groups that Turkey deems terrorists.

A USA military delegation will visit Turkey this week to discuss the withdrawal of American ground forces from Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman said on Monday.

Turkish officials have said that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan heavily weighed in the decision by his USA counterpart Donald Trump to pull all 2,000 American troops from 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 United States forces withdraw.

The Coalition's recent air strikes also signify America's continued support for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) who have been an effective force against ISIS. So now Turkey is faced with the double task of fighting both ISIL and PYD/YPG which for Ankara is the Syrian extension of the terrorist organization PKK. "Israel is going to be good", USA president added, replying to a question on how his announced withdrawal from Syria will impact Israel.

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Erdogan added he expected to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin for face-to-face talks about the issue.

Without US backing, it would definitely prove more hard for other western powers such as Italy, France and Britain to stay the course in supporting insurgent forces in Syria.

This operation may lead to real Turkish control over a significant part of northern Syria.

At a press conference on December 25, Çavuşoğlu spoke about Ankara's intention to get in coordination with Russian Federation upon instructions by Erdoğan after U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly chose to pull out all U.S. troops from Syria.

Trump's shock order came after Erdogan convinced him that Turkey could eliminate the last remaining pockets of ISIS after the jihadists suffered a series of military defeats.

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Critics of Trump's decision fear that thousands of IS extremist members are still thought to be in Syria, despite Trump's claim of having defeated IS.

If Turkey were to fight ISIS alone and then left the battles to Syrian Arab proxies, "militarily weaker" than the extremists, it would not be very effective, Khatib said.

A committee of US military officials will visit Turkey this week to discuss the details of the pullout with their counterparts, said Ibrahim Kalin, Turkish presidential spokesman.

But there are still strains over the United States refusal to extradite Fethullah Gulen, the Pennsylvania-based Muslim preacher who Turkey says ordered the 2016 failed coup. Turkish forces and their Syrian allies, however, continue to build up forces and equipment along the point of contact with the Kurdish lines.

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Turkey: Pointless for France to Remain in Syria to Protect YPG