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Mattis resignation triggered by phone call between Trump and Erdoğan
https://www.theguard...ogan-phone-call

Fri 21 Dec 2018 18.49 GMT Last modified on Fri 21 Dec 2018 20.52 GMT

The resignation of US defence secretary James Mattis was triggered by a phone conversation between Donald Trump and the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in which Trump abruptly decided to upend previous US policy and withdraw troops from Syria, according to new accounts of the call.

Mattis went to see the president on Thursday afternoon in a last-ditch attempt to change the president’s mind, and argue for standing by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which have take the lead role in ejecting the Islamic State from its Syrian strongholds.

Mattis had already composed a resignation letter that did not mention the SDF or Syria but repeatedly referred to the importance to US national security of respecting allies, and confronting strategic adversaries.

Trump rebuffed Mattis’s arguments over the course of a 45-minute meeting. Trump had already recorded a video in the White House garden, announcing he was bringing the troops home, and it had been shown to Mattis.

At the end of the meeting Mattis took Trump by surprise by presenting his resignation letter. According to the New York Times, Mattis ordered 50 copies to be made and circulated around the Pentagon on his return to his office.
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You know what? It's yours': Trump reportedly threw his hands up on Syria during phone call with the
Source: Business Insider
 

'You know what? It's yours': Trump reportedly threw his hands up on Syria during phone call with the Turkish president

Capping off what has been a tumultuous week for the Trump administration are reports from multiple outlets that offer some clues as to why President Donald Trump made his decision to pull US troops out of Syria that prompted Defense Secretary James Mattis to resign.

That development materialized last Friday during a call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after Erdogan asked Trump why there were still 2,000 US troops in Syria if the Islamic State had been defeated.

"You know what? It's yours," Trump said, according to The Washington Post. "I'm leaving."

The Associated Press reported that members of Trump's national-security team, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Mattis, wrote out talking points to dissuade Turkey from bringing troops into northern Syria and attacking Turkish Kurds, which would put US forces at risk. The US is allied with the Turkish Kurds in Syria, providing them with supplies and training in the fight against the Islamic State.

But both The Post and the AP explain that Trump went rogue.

 

Read more: https://amp.business...erdogan-2018-12



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Turkey says the US just agreed to more of its demands as Ankara sees expanded power in Syria
Source: CNBC

President Donald Trump's administration may have just handed Turkey's President Recep Erdogan another win.

Less than a week after Trump's abrupt decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria, Turkey's foreign minister said Tuesday the U.S. has agreed to complete its previously established "roadmap" to remove all Kurdish militia fighters from the Northern Syrian town of Manbij before U.S. forces clear out.

Ankara has been waiting for this guarantee for a while, complaining since its agreement in June that Washington was dragging its feet on the deal. The U.S. has been supporting the Syria-based Kurdish People's Protection Unit (YPG) as part of the Syrian Democratic Forces fighting the Islamic State (IS), but the Turks view those fighting Kurds as linked to a Kurdish terrorist group that's carried out a decades-long insurgency against the Turkish state.

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With the impending departure of U.S. troops from Syria, Turkey will have vast sway to push out Kurdish forces, who now say the feel they are being abandoned by their American partners. Turkish troops have amassed along the Syrian-Turkish border and Turkish-backed Syrian rebels are grouping around Manbij. The Kurds have reportedly begun digging ditches and trenches in anticipation of the offensive, prompting Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar to say Thursday, "they will be buried in their ditches when the time comes.

 

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Read more: https://www.cnbc.com...ding-syria.html


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Bolton says Turkey must not attack Kurdish fighters once U.S. leaves Syria https://japantoday.c..._medium=twitter



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BREAKING Turkey: U.S. missile deal impossible if tied to dropping Russian S-400s http://dlvr.it/QwMNy7



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Turkey says will launch Syria attack if US delays troop pullout https://aje.io/e5b24



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Turkish Foreign Minister: Our Offensive Against Kurdish Fighters is Unrelated to US Troop Pullout
By Patrick Goodenough | January 10, 2019 | 11:19 PM EST
 

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Washington on June 4, 2018. (Photo: U.S. Embassy Ankara)

(CNSNews.com) – Turkey’s planned military offensive against Kurdish fighters in Syria is unrelated to President Trump’s plans to withdraw U.S. forces who have been supporting those fighters and will happen according to Turkey’s own timeline, the country’s foreign minister said on Thursday.

Mevlut Cavusoglu told Turkish news channel NTV that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had announced the planned operation well before Trump announced last month his decision to pull out the military personnel, and the offensive would go ahead whether the withdrawal takes place or not.

 

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Trump says he will 'devastate Turkey economically' if it attacks Kurds
Source: The Guardian

 

Donald Trump has warned Turkey of economic devastation if it attacks Kurdish forces in the wake of the US troop pullout from Syria, while also urging the Kurds not to “provoke” Ankara.

“Will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds,” Trump tweeted, while pushing for the creation of a 20-mile ‘safe zone’. He then added: “Likewise, do not want the Kurds to provoke Turkey.”

Trump did not detail who would create, enforce or pay for the safe zone, or where it would be located.

 

Read more: https://www.theguard...t-attacks-kurds


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80,000 Soldiers Ready to Take Part in Biggest Cross-Border Operation in Turkey's Modern History

 

 

Close to 80,000 soldiers of the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) are ready to take part in the biggest cross-border operation in the country’s modern history in Syria’s Manbij and east of the Euphrates regions since the successful Turkish deployment in Cyprus back in 1974.

 
The operation east of the Euphrates River is set to be run from headquarters in the southern Turkish provinces of Şanlıurfa and Kilis on the border with Syria.

 

https://www.yenisafa...history-3471692



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Erdogan, Trump Discuss Idea of Terror-Free Safe Zone in Northern Syria

 

 

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke by phone on Monday evening with his US counterpart Donald Trump.

 
President Erdogan said he backs the US president's decision on the withdrawal of US forces from Syria, and says Turkey is ready to provide support.
 
Erdogan told Trump that Turkey has no problem with Kurds, but aims to fight terror groups threatening Turkey's national security.
 
The two presidents also agreed to advance bilateral economic relations.
 
This is a developing story and will be updated.

 

https://www.trtworld...ern-syria-23329







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