While the global allure of Daesh has diminished, it is still a threat to Iraqis and Syrians.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US President Donald Trump spoke on the phone and agreed to take joint measures to clear Daesh's remnants in Syria and prevent group's resurgence.
Terror group YPG has called on Bashar al Assad's regime forces to "assert control" over areas the group was to withdraw from, including flashpoint Manbij, after US troop withdrawal. Ankara says that "must absolutely not be allowed."
The knee-jerk reaction to the killing of US military personnel in Syria has been that the US might reverse their planned withdrawal. To the contrary, it might solidify the decision to leave, and also lead to increased Turkey-US cooperation.
The attack, claimed by Daesh, comes as the Trump administration is planning to withdraw troops from Syria as the US president says Daesh has been defeated there. Turkey says it believes the assault will not change the US pull-out plan.
Syria's Manbij region should be protected from YPG/PKK terrorists, said Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli.
Regime leader Bashar al Assad's forces claimed to have entered the northern city after the YPG terror group asked for regime's presence. But sources from Manbij told TRT World the regime forces have not entered the city.
The Trump administration’s decision to completely withdraw troops from Syria comes after Turkey’s plans to carry out an operation against the YPG east of the Euphrates river. This is how it came about:
The video shows the YPG terror group building concrete tunnels in Ayn al Arab, on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River.
The anti-terror operation to the east of the Euphrates River follows two successful cross-border Turkish operations into Syria. Both were meant to eradicate the presence of YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists near Turkey’s borders.
One Turkish soldier was killed Thursday after YPG terrorists opened fire on Turkish Armed Forces in Syria's northwestern Afrin, the Defence Ministry said Thursday.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US President Donald Trump agreed to meet on the sidelines of this weekend’s G20 summit in Argentina, according to Turkish presidential sources.
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