Sunday, 6 January 2019

Turkey seeks military assistance from US in Syria:

 Turkish military has asked for major military assistance from the United States in the fight against ISIL in Syria.

Turkish military has asked for major military assistance from the United States in the fight against ISIL in Syria.

This request comes in weeks after Washington announced its plan to withdraw troops from the country. 

 Us senior officials says request for military support includes air raids, logistics and transportation so Turkish forces could finish off the remaining fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

"The Turkish requests are so extensive that, if fully met, the American military might be deepening its involvement in Syria instead of reducing it," the newspaper reported. 

 The unidentified American officials told the Journal there was little chance Washington would agree to Ankara's requests in full.

 US President Donald Trump announced on December 19 his plans to withdraw US troops deployed in northern Syria following a telephone conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

 Turkey and the US appeared to agree to coordinate the troops' withdrawal from the area to avoid a power vacuum that could attract a number of parties interested in filling it. 

 Talks on the fight against ISIL are expected to take place on Tuesday in Ankara.

 US officials - including White House National Security Adviser John Bolton, General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs and James Jeffrey, the State Department envoy for Syria - are expected to attend. 

 The US still has about 2,000 troops in Syria, many of them special operations forces working closely with an alliance of US-backed Kurdish and Arab armed groups known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
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