Published: Fri, December 28, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Assad's forces must fill void left by US, Russia tells Turkey

Assad's forces must fill void left by US, Russia tells Turkey

After French President Emanuel Macron slammed the U.S. withdrawal of troops from Syria, pledging continued support for US-backed Kurdish fighters, Turkey has warned France against trying to defend the militia.

Alarmed by a US decision to leave Syria, Kurdish leaders who run much of the north are urging Russian Federation and its ally Damascus to send forces to shield the border from the threat of a Turkish offensive.

Parts of the convoy have reportedly entered Northern Syria.

Manbij is the last major Syrian town controlled by Kurdish forces west of the Euphrates, and Turkey is eager to see all Kurdish forces withdraw east of the river so they can't attempt to access the Mediterranean. Ankara views the Kurdish forces as terrorists due to their links to an insurgent group inside Turkey.

But the militia has also been a key United States ally in the fight against IS in Syria, working with American forces on the ground there. "They've been doing a good job".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at Akpinar on Sunday.

In a Twitter posting on Monday, Trump said Erdogan vowed to continue the fight against ISIS.

By now, most Israelis are aware that Trump is different in this regard, and very unlikely to react negatively to Israeli military action against the nation's enemies.

The Syriac Military Council said the global coalition that relied on the SDF to clear territory of ISIS has to "ensure security and protection for religious and ethnic minorities living in North East Syria".

Militants attack Libyan Foreign Ministry
The foreign minister said the United Nations should lift an arms embargo it has imposed on Libya since the 2011 uprising. They identified the militia leader killed in the attack as Abdul-Rahman Mazoughi of the Revolutionary Brigade.

This is huge given that the complete USA reversal in policy comes following a phone call last week between President Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, wherein Erdogan is reported to have pressed the Kurdish problem and presence of US troops.

Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that Moscow expects the Syrian government to take over the areas where the U.S. troops are now deployed following their withdrawal.

Russian Federation has been nominally friendly to Kurdish overtures in the past, inviting them to the Sochi talks last January.

Trump's shock order came after Erdogan convinced him that Turkey could eliminate the last remaining pockets of ISIS after the jihadists suffered a series of military defeats.

Critics of Trump's move fear that thousands of IS members could make gains in Syria, despite the United States leader's claim that the group had been defeated.

Zakharova also announced, that a meeting in the Astana format, regarding further efforts to restore the peace in Syria, will take place in Moscow "in the nearest time".

But there are still strains over the USA refusal to extradite Fethullah Gulen, the Pennsylvania-based Muslim preacher who Turkey says ordered the 2016 failed coup.

The development comes after Turkey said President Trump had accepted an invitation from Erdogan to visit the country early next year.

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