'Thanks Saudi A!': Trump says kingdom pledged to fund Syria reconstruction

'Thanks Saudi A!': Trump says kingdom pledged to fund Syria reconstruction

Trump justified the move with an early-morning tweet claiming that the U.S. defeated the Islamic State in Syria (ISIS).

US troops have been in Syria working with a Kurdish militia to fight the Islamic State terrorist organization.

Ahmed, the senior Syrian Kurdish official, had just returned from a trip to France in which she called on Paris to play a larger role in Syria following the withdrawal of US troops, warning that the main Kurdish militia may no longer be able to hold the hundreds of IS militants held in prisons in northeastern Syria in case of a Turkish attack.

The announcement that USA troops would leave the civil war-racked country - where they have been deployed to assist in the multinational fight against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group - shocked global partners and American politicians alike.

Turkey has also faced a higher number of Afghans coming into the country illegally this year.

Ankara says the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia is a "terrorist offshoot" of Kurdish militants waging an insurgency inside Turkey.

Many opponents say a quick departure by US forces would represent a betrayal to Kurdish allies who could be at the mercy of nearby Turkish forces. The Minister of foreign Affairs of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Turkey is planning a military operation in the Syrian regions of Afrin and Manbij.

According to United States media, Trump voiced resentment over news coverage of Mattis' stinging resignation letter that laid bare his fundamental disagreements with the president.

Turkey pursues the freedom of the Arabs and the Kurds with its presence in Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday.

Still, Trump has long floated the idea of Washington's regional allies filling the void left in the Middle East by the U.S. as it pulls assistance and scales back its military presence in the region in pursuit of his "America First" policies.

He also said that the offensive would not begin until United States troops withdraw from Syria.

"We have won against ISIS. And now it's time for our troops to come back home".

Mr Trump said on Twitter. Isn't it nice when immensely wealthy countries help rebuild their neighbors rather than a Great Country, the US, that is 5000 miles away.

But Kurdish officials have argued otherwise, warning IS remnants still pose a significant threat in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border, where they still control some pockets. "If you look back, Mattis was the one who had to go to Japan and reassure our allies after kind of the giveaway to North Korea on troop discussions there.abandoning our allies and alliances in Syria and Afghanistan was probably the last straw for Gen. Mattis". "The SDF is fighting against the terrorism that fomented attacks against Paris and elsewhere".

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