Senators on both sides of the corridor on Tuesday urged President Trump's Special Representative for Syria to withdraw American forces from northern Syria before the recent invasion of Turkey by the region.
James Jeffrey, a professional diplomat who also oversees the Washington administration's role in the global fight against the Islamic state, said legislators in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he does not believe that the withdrawal of troops to the decision of Turkey, in Invade northern Syria. However, Jeffrey acknowledged that Ankara might have thought differently about crossing the border if the US forces had been called upon to assert themselves in a Turkish invasion.
"If the US troops were ordered to defend themselves and fight against a NATO ally, Turkey would have thought otherwise," he said.
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Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., Urged Jeffrey to remove US soldiers from northern Syria and see if the Special Envoy agreed with Trump's move. Jeffrey evaded Cardin's trial, saying only that he was not consulted before Trump made his decision to withdraw troops from the area.
"Presidents must make a decision," Jeffrey said before he was cut off from Cardin.
Jeffrey's statement Shortly after Presidents Vladimir Putin (Russia) and Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Turkey) announced on Tuesday after the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters an agreement to jointly patrol almost the entire northeastern Syrian border the Syrian-Turkish border, like it provided for a US-mediated truce, which should expire on Tuesday evening. Together, the arrangements transform the map of northeastern Syria and leave Turkey in sole control of a section in the middle of the border, while Turkey, Russia and the Syrian government will have their hands on the rest.
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The stakes replace American soldiers who fought for five years alongside Kurdish-led fighters and succeeded in reigning the Islamic State Group in one-third of Syria to overthrow costs for thousands of Kurdish fighters.
Trump originally announced his intention to begin withdrawing troops from Syria late last year. This decision prompted the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Brett McGurk, special envoy of the president for the global coalition to defeat ISIS.
At the time, about 2,000 American troops had been sent to Syria.
The US withdrawal, which was announced last week, has largely left Syria n Kurdish allies, who have fought for several years with US troops against the Islamic State Group. Between 200 and 300 US troops are to remain at the south Syrian outpost of Al-Tanf.
The US abandonment of its Kurdish allies and the possibility of a reoccurrence of the IS dominated much of the hearing, both among Republicans and Democrats. Legislators criticized both Trump's decision to withdraw troops.
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"I find it extraordinary that the United States of America can not place you with our friend and ally, Turkey, and let Turkey negotiate before it comes in and our allies, the Kurds of northeastern Syria, "Says Mitt Romney, R-Utah.
Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., Added: "President Trump has not only betrayed our Kurdish allies and made us and our allies less secure by allowing them to release ISIS fighters, but has also given Russia important ground." ] As part of a 1
Russian and Syrian government forces would immediately move to this area to ensure that Kurdish fighters withdraw 20 miles from the border. Then, at the end of the 150 hours, Russian-Turkish patrols would begin along a 6-mile-wide border strip.
The exception would be the region around the city of Qamishli at the extreme eastern end of the border, which has some of the densest Kurdish population. Russian and Turkish officials did not immediately state what Qamishli would be like.
The US withdrawal of troops from northern Syria does not mean that the soldiers will return to the state. Instead, the White House said it would instead use more than 700 in western Iraq to counter ISIS, even though the Iraqi military said these US troops have no permission to stay in the country.
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Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Tuesday he plans to talk to Iraqi leaders to work out Iraq's "infinite" details. Esper is scheduled to speak with the Iraqi Defense Minister on Wednesday and said he will emphasize that the goal is to "pull out" US soldiers and "finally bring them home." Trump remains determined to bring the troops back to the US
"That was his goal when applying for office, "Gidley said. "He wants to do that now, but he also wants to ensure stability in the region."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.