Israel is ‘doing well’ with $4.5bn U.S. aid annually

Saul Bowman
December 28, 2018

A withdrawal of American ground forces in Syria will give Turkey freer rein to target Washington's Kurdish partners in the fight against jihadists but analysts doubt Ankara's capacity to "eradicate" the Islamic State extremist group.

"If Turkey says that it will enter Syria, it will be so", Cavusoglu told reporters.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday told reporters upon his return from a quick visit with the troops in Iraq, that Israel should not complain about his withdrawal of United States troops from Syria, and suggested, "We give Israel $4.5 billion" - a reference to the new military aid deal struck between the Obama administration and Jerusalem - and "Israel will be very good".

"The battle will soon start", Major Youssef Hamoud, spokesman for the National Army, the main Turkish-backed Syrian opposition force near Manbij, told Reuters. President Donald Trump last week ordered the withdrawal of U.S. ground forces deployed in Syria to provide training to the YPG under the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance battling the Islamic State. Turkey views the YPG militia as a sister "terrorist" organisation of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged an insurgency inside Turkey since 1984.

Brushing off criticism that his sudden withdrawal of American forces from Syria had further endangered Israel, US President Donald Trump on Wednesday insisted that the Jewish state was perfectly capable of defending itself.

From Dec. 16 to Dec. 22, the coalition said they conducted multiple strikes, including "precision air strikes" and "coordinated fires" that successfully destroyed logistics facilities and staging areas used by ISIS in the Middle Euphrates River Valley.

Trump said on Sunday after a telephone conversation with Erdogan that he counted on him to "eradicate" ISIS which he said was now "largely defeated". It's the most important thing for a head of state and head of the military.

He said the U.S. could use Iraq as a regional launching pad to carry out operations against the ISIS and Syria.

The minister also said Ankara and Washington have agreed to complete a roadmap on Manbij until the USA withdraws.

"Turkey's mercenary troops, who fought with al-Qaeda and ISIS, are waiting to get the green light to move into Syria, so that they can kill all "infidels" of the region", the group said in a statement.

Officials from northern Syria, who went to Moscow last week, will soon make another trip, hoping Russian Federation will push Damascus to "fulfill its sovereign duty", top Kurdish politician Aldar Xelil told Reuters. That is when the State Department proclaimed that Saudi Arabia had committed USD100 million to a fund to steady regions of Syria liberated from ISIS militants by a US -led coalition. Currently Turkey's military is reportedly mustering forces and tanks along deployment points at the Syrian border. Because we are in their region.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Ankara will intervene in the coming months against ISIS and the YPG.

"Patrols by the (international) coalition are still taking place - nothing has changed". It remains unclear how long the exit will take but officials estimate that USA forces may begin withdrawing in 60 to 100 days.

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