Analysts Explain How Trump's Pull-Out From Syria Affects Turkey, Israel & Russia

Turkey bolsters military on Syrian border as U.S. readies pull-out

For Moscow, the U.S. troops withdrawal would complete a process that saw it take over from Washington as the main worldwide player in the Syrian conflict but will also come with added responsibility to solve it. Turkey views the Kurdish fighters as terrorists due to their links to a Kurdish insurgent group inside Turkey.

A USA delegation is expected to head to Turkey this week to discuss cooperation on Syria. On the second day of a partial government shutdown, President Trump announced he is accelerating the departure of Defense Secretary James Mattis.

"We must not forget that Turkey is now threatening to launch a new military operation against the Syrian Kurds".

According to Ravid's report, Israel is "very concerned" the withdrawal will encourage Iran to continue its military buildup in Syria.

McGurk, whose resignation is effective December 31, was planning to leave the job in mid-February after a USA -hosted meeting of foreign ministers from the coalition countries, but he felt he could continue no longer after Trump's decision to withdraw from Syria and Mattis' resignation.

Plans for the troop withdrawal will be overseen by Deputy Secretary of Defence Patrick Shanahan, who Mr Trump on Sunday said would replace Mr Mattis on Jan 1.

Israel's response to the announcement has been measured - careful to point out that it respects the U.S. decision, coupled with pledges to continue to defend its interests in Syria.

Discussing the USA role in Syria this month, he had told journalists that "it would be reckless if we were just to say, 'Well, the physical caliphate is defeated, so we can just leave now'". 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.

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Trump's latest tweet on Syria comes as some lawmakers from his own Republican Party were critical of his decision to pull the 2,000 USA troops out of Syria.

The two leaders discussed "ways to continue cooperation between Israel and the United States against Iranian aggression", a statement from Netanyahu's office said.

According to the Anadolu news agency, both leaders agreed to maintain military and diplomatic co-ordination to avoid the United States withdrawal from Syria from being exploited and an authority gap in the country.

US President Trump made the decision to withdraw US troops in Syria and announced the move on Wednesday, bringing a sudden end to the nation's military campaign in the region.

The Commandant of the Marine Corps says he has "no idea" on whether or when troops will be withdrawing from Afghanistan or Syria, according to The Wall Street Journal. The US has worked with the militia to drive Islamic State out of Syria since 2014, and the alliance had soured relations between Ankara and Washington.

Meanwhile, witnesses say Turkish forces have started massing on the border of the northern Syrian town of Manbij controlled by US forces and their Kurdish allies.

Abandoned by the US, the Kurdish militia are confronting the dilemma of whether to try to hold on to the 30 percent of Syria they wrested from IS.

"Americans have uttered numbers such as 30-60 days, 60-100 days".

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