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Trump says Erdogan wants 'eradicate' ISIL in Syria | News



US President Donald Trump has said that his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is "eradicate whatever is left of Isis in Syria."

In a late-Sunday tale, Trump said that Erdogan "is a man Who can do it plus, Turkey is right 'next door'. "

Trump said he had spoken on the phone with Erdogan about "a slow and highly coordinated" withdrawal of US troops from Syria.

"We discussed ISIS, our mutual involvement in Syria, and the slow and highly coordinated pullout of US troops from the area," Trump said in a Sunday, referring to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ( ISIL so known as ISIS) group.

Trump said he and Erdogan were thus discussed

Erdogan said in a separate tweet, "I had a productive call with (Donald Trump) today, in which we agreed to strengthen our coordination on a range of issues, including our trade relations and developments in Syria.

Later on Sunday, a US military spokesperson told AFP news agency that the order to pull US troops out of Syria had signed, without providing further details.

Trump's surprise decision on Wednesday contributed to the abrupt resignation of Pentagon chief James Mattis on Thursday. Mattis cited significant policy differences with the president as a reason for quitting.

On Sunday, Trump announced Mattis would be leaving his post on January 1, two months earlier than expected.

Trump's decision to pull troops out of Syria so prompted the early resignation of the US's top envoy in the fight against ISIL, Brett McGurk, who said he would leave at the end of the year, instead of in mid-February as previously planned.

Washington started air raids in Syria in 2014, a year before US ground troops moved to the ISIL group and train Syrian rebels in the war-ravaged country.

Trump and Erdogan came in contact with the Turkish-Syrian border

Erdogan, who in the previous weeks threatened to conduct a military operation in Syria postpone the planned incursion on the armed Kurds People's Protection Units (YPG Syria

Washington has been supporting the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the fight against ISIL in Syria, as part of An International Coalition Dominated by the YPG.

Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged attacks on Turkish soil since t he 1980s as they sought autonomy.

The US has an estimated 2,000 US troops in Syria.

In the past two years, Turkey has conducted two offensive operations in northern Syria, the dubbed "Euphrates Shield" and "Olive Branch". [19659022] SOURCE:
             Al Jazeera and news agencies


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