US Moves in Syria Irk Russia, Turkey

US Moves in Syria Irk Russia, Turkey

He added, "Will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds", but followed up in a second tweet, "Likewise, do not want the Kurds to provoke Turkey".

On Friday, the US-led coalition said it had started the pullout, but officials later said only equipment, not troops, were going.

President Donald Trump's announcement last month that he had made a decision to withdraw the 2,000 United States troops there stunned allies who have joined Washington in the battle against ISIS militants in Syria.

CNN reported on Thursday that the first USA military ground equipment has been withdrawn from Syria, according to an administration official with direct knowledge of the operation. "Will attack again from existing nearby base if it reforms", the President tweeted on Sunday.

Once the troops are gone, the United States will have ended three years of organizing, arming, advising and providing air cover for Syrian, Kurdish and Arab fighters in an open-ended campaign devised by the Obama administration to deal the militants, also known as ISIS, a lasting defeat.

The U.S. and Turkey have been allies for more than six decades, but in recent years their relationship has been repeatedly strained by disputes. But Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to crush the Kurdish groups that have been effective in defeating IS in Syria.

Senior US officials were shocked too, among them Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who quit in protest.

He did not say how Turkey's economy would suffer if it attacked the YPG.

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"We will not compromise", Erdoğan said.

Turkey has recently warned that it would launch combat operations across its southern border into northeastern Syria against Kurdish forces who have been allied with the the fight against ISIS.

"Out of concern for operational security, we will not discuss specific timelines, locations or troop movements", Ryan said.

Trump's decision to call back USA troops in Syria, who were first deployed in 2015, was followed a day later by the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who wrote a letter to the president saying he had the right to have a secretary of defense "whose views are better aligned with yours".

Ankara has repeatedly told Washington that the YPG is not different from the PKK as the groups were intertwined, and partnering with one terrorist group to fight another was not acceptable.

Israel has generally refrained from commenting about the strikes for fear of triggering a reaction and being drawn into the deadly fighting in neighboring Syria's civil war.

"It's an ambitious objective, but it is ours, and it is our mission", he added.

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