Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Talks between US-Turkish militaries to continue next week, says Bolton

Talks between US-Turkish militaries to continue next week, says Bolton

An announcement Friday that the US troop withdrawal from Syria has begun came amid a precautionary buildup of USA forces in the region and renewed threats from Turkey about attacking the US -backed Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF.

USA national security adviser John Bolton said Sunday American troops will not leave northeastern Syria until ISIS is defeated and US -backed Kurds were protected. In this photo from December 30, 2018, a line of US military vehicles are seen at a checkpoint in northern Syria.

In an e-mail statement to The Associated Press on Friday, Army Col. Sean Ryan, spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, the USA regional command, said the US had begun "the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria". The spokesman added that, to protect security, the coalition would not provide details on troop movements.

A spokesman for the USA -led coalition said Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 that the process of withdrawal in Syria has begun, declining to comment on specific timetables or movements.

This is a developing story. Senior officials like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton have declined to put a timeline on when troops would be withdrawn.

USA forces have "begun the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria", Col. Sean Ryan, the spokesman for the US -led coalition against the Islamic State said. It also sparked criticisms that the pulling out of Syria before ISIS is truly defeated - abandoning America's Kurdish allies in the region, ceding hard-won influence to neighboring Turkey, and rewarding Russia's intervention alongside the Syrian regime. Those military vehicles were seen traveling into Iraq; it's not clear how the reported movements compare to standard rotations of equipment and personnel.

Speaking to reporters in Moscow Friday, she said it appears to Moscow that the U.S. Much of the force is made up of Kurdish fighters, who are also part of the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units or YPG, which has been linked to the PKK, a Kurdish terror group that has waged a decades-long insurgency in southeastern Turkey. On Thursday, Pompeo declared that the a "force for good" in the Middle East. Two weeks before Trump announced he was ordering a pullout, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the US still had a long way to go in training local Syrian forces to stabilize areas ridden of the IS group.

"When the time and place comes, the terrorists here will be buried in the ditches they have dug, as was done in previous operations", Akar told the Turkish troops.

With the backing of Russian Federation and Iran, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has regained much of the territory lost to rebel groups, and his forces are now pressing eastward to areas controlled by the SDF.

This follows U.S. President Donald Trump's recent remark last week that Iran "can do what they want" in Syria.

The YPG is an important ally in the USA war against the Islamic State.

Trump claimed last month that the jihadists had been defeated and that USA troops could therefore come home.

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