Turkey-backed Syrian fighters prepare to replace withdrawing US forces

Posted December 25, 2018

Top commanders and Pentagon officials have few details about President Donald Trump's orders to pull US forces out of Syria and Afghanistan, leaving them unable to answer questions from the troops as they conduct holiday goodwill tours. But, he added, "Having that letter be so long and philosophical, reading nearly as a manifesto of sorts, and then aggressively pushing it out to media outlets shortly after delivery came across as little more than a shot at redemption and a chance to get ahead of Trump's spin".

Despite the threat against their territory, Gabriel said they will continue the war against ISIS as long as they can.

Days later, special envoy McGurk made a similar move, saying he could not support Trump's Syria decision that, he said, 'left our coalition partners confused and our fighting partners bewildered'.

Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told reporters after a Cabinet meeting on Monday that Trump wants to make the trip in 2019, but a date has not been set.

"We are substantially subsidising the Militaries of many VERY rich countries all over the world, while at the same time these countries take total advantage of the USA, and our TAXPAYERS, on Trade", he tweeted.

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In the new year Trump wants to focus on streamlining purchases at the Pentagon, an issue on which Shanahan has already been working, a White House official said. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

Mattis detailed his belief about having a strong global presence in his resignation letter. The official asked not to be identified publicly discussing personnel matters.

The president said in another tweet Sunday that Mattis would leave his position two months earlier than planned after Mattis wrote a critical resignation letter.

Turkey was a rare ally that lauded Trump's decision on Syria, a country where it will now have a freer rein to target Kurdish fighters who were armed and trained by the USA and played a major role in the war against Islamic State (IS) militants, but are deemed terrorists by Ankara.

Former Israeli national security adviser Yaakov Amidror said: "From now on, it will be a free ride for the Iranians and they will use the corridor [through Syria] logistically to enhance their capabilities to build the military forces in Syria and to help Hezbollah afterwards", Amidror said.

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FILE - U.S. forces are seen at the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) headquarters after it was hit by Turkish airstrikes in Mount Karachok near Malikiya, Syria, April 25, 2017.

Senior battlefield commanders who have had a chance to meet with the President have been dismayed that he had no questions for them and showed a lack of interest, CNN can confirm.

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan will take over as acting secretary on January 1, Trump announced in a tweet Sunday. "We see the problems of the Kurds as our own", he said on Monday, Anadolu Agency reported.

It remains to be seen whether they fare any better than Mattis.

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