Trump leaning toward leaving 200 United States Special Forces in Eastern Syria

Kurds fully withdraw from besieged Syria border town

Trump, according to The New York Times, is now hesitating between two decisions, either to achieve the ultimate goal and return the United States military from Syria home and end the war or to make sure that the containment and weakening of the IS continues.

As they arrived in Iraq's northern Kurdish city of Erbil, videos appeared to show locals throwing rocks at the vehicles.

"The scene encapsulated the Kurds' feelings of betrayal and added a new indignity to an American withdrawal that has been rushed and saw several close brushes with Turkish-backed forces", the Associated Press reported.

In December, Trump discarded advice from allies and officials and ordered staff to execute the "full" and "rapid" withdrawal of United States military from Syria, in a sharp reversal from previously stated United States policy.

He said contact was first initiated over a separate escalation in northwest Syria, when Russia-backed Syrian troops earlier this year launched an assault in the Idlib region where Turkish troops are deployed.

One man blocked the way of a U.S. van with a poster reading: "Thanks for USA people, but Trump betrayed us".

Khalil said a partial evacuation happened earlier Saturday from Ras al-Ayn after much stalling and with US coordination.

Cavusoglu reiterated that warning on Saturday, saying the offensive would continue if US promises were not kept.

Mazloum also said he believed Erdoğan "passed some wrong information" to Trump.


In contrast, an SDF source wishing to remain anonymous told TV7 that "predominantly Kurdish territories (in the Ankara envisioned safe zone) won't be abandoned for fear of Turkish reprisals against the civilian population".

Turkey's defense ministry said on Sunday that a convoy of 86 vehicles left the Syrian border town and headed south.

Trump's October 6 order to remove USA troops in northeastern Syria, where they were cooperating with allied Kurdish forces who oppose Assad and had waged an extended battle against IS radicals, was seen by many as green-lighting the Turkish operation. Qamishli is east of that home.

A senior Kurdish salubrious, Redur Khalil, said Monday his forces are complying with agreement and are preparing to entire the withdrawal.

He says only after that will his forces pull back from the area between the towns of Ras al-Ayn and Tal-Aybad.

Khalil said Turkey continues to violate the cease-fire, accusing its troops of shelling a village at dawn and seeking to carry out military operations.

The issue of the YPG's withdrawal from the cities of Manbij and Kobane, two areas were Russian and Syrian forces entered, would be discussed by Erdogan and Putin, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Sunday. He said Turkey has taken casualties, too.

Trump has come under withering criticism from former military commanders, Democrats and even some of his staunchest Republican allies for pulling back U.S. troops from Syria's border with Turkey, clearing the way for a Turkish offensive.

Speaking at an anti-smoking program held in Istanbul, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said: "We expect our American allies to keep their promises this time". He added, however, that Kurdish opponents had been complying with the deal and withdrawing.

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