Trump considers keeping a few hundred troops in eastern Syria


A week later, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that an additional 1,000 troops would be withdrawn from the northern part of Syria for the sake of the US military to not end up trapped between rival armies.

The statement appears to contradict U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who has said that under the current plan, all U.S. troops leaving Syria will go to western Iraq and the military would continue to conduct operations against the Islamic State group to prevent its resurgence in the region. In video posted online by a local Kurdish news outlet, ANHA Hawar, men hurling potatoes at an armored vehicle shouted "No America" and "America liar", in English.

"The Americans are running away like rats", one man could be heard shouting. Previous agreements between Washington and Ankara over a "safe zone" along the Syria-Turkish border have floundered over diverging definitions of the area.

There has been widespread criticism of President Trump's decision two weeks ago to pull troops from northeast Syria, which cleared the way for Turkey to assault the Kurds, key allies with the the fight against ISIS. After the assault began October 9, Trump ordered a general withdrawal from Syria.

On Sunday, an AFP correspondent saw more than a convoy of 70 armoured vehicles flying the American flag and escorted by helicopters drive past the Syrian town of Tal Tamr carrying military equipment.

President Donald Trump has vowed to withdraw USA troops from Syria since the last Islamic State stronghold in Syria, located in the town of Baghuz, was defeated in March.

The truce also planned to facilitate a crisis triggered by President Donald Trump's surprising decision this month to draw all 1,000 US troops out of northern Syria, a move criticized in Washington and elsewhere as a betrayal of faithful Kurdish allies that had fought for decades together with USA troops against ISIS.

"Not only are we going to deny the oil fields falling into Iranian hands, I believe we are on the verge of a joint venture between us and the Syrian democratic forces that helped destroy ISIS and keep them destroyed to modernize the oil fields and make sure they get the revenue, not the Iranians, not Assad, and it can help pay for our small commitment in the future", Graham said".

Speaking during a visit to Kabul, he said he has not made a final decision on that option and has not yet presented it to Trump.

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"I always said if you're going in, keep the oil", Trump said, suggesting that the USA would "maybe get one of our big oil companies in to do it properly".

The move has been widely criticised as an abandonment of Kurdish-led forces in the region who have been fighting the Islamic State alongside the USA for years, and it has paved the way for a major Turkish incursion into Kurdish territory. "There might not be a formal deal, a written treaty, with the Kurds". He called for an worldwide mechanism to protect Kurdish civilians who want to stay in their towns after Kurdish-led fighters leave. The group says 300,000 people have been displaced by the violence.

"It is a constitutional duty and a national duty", he said.

The media outlet's source said that since last week the U.S. president has been thinking about leaving about 200 commandos in northeastern Syria to fight terrorism.

A USA attack against Turkey, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member state, would have major implications for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance, which was established on the core principle that an attack on one member is an attack on all.

"The American guarantor remains weak in its position in deterring the Turkish violations", he said. He said Turkey retaliated against these attacks.

Turkey has halted its offensive against Kurds after the country agreed with the United States to a ceasefire to allow Kurdish fighters to withdraw from border areas in northern Syria. He added, however, that Kurdish fighters were complying with the deal and withdrawing. "I'm increasingly optimistic. This can turn out very well", he said.

"The (Turkish) concerns should be addressed through peaceful mechanisms".