Trump Eyes Deal With Putin on US Pullout from Syria – Reports

© AP Photo / Hussein MallaA U.S. soldier sits on an armored vehicle behind a sand barrier at a newly installed position near the tense front line between the U.S-backed Syrian Manbij Military Council and the Turkish-backed fighters, in Manbij, north Syria, Wednesday, April 4, 2018
A U.S. soldier sits on an armored vehicle behind a sand barrier at a newly installed position near the tense front line between the U.S-backed Syrian Manbij Military Council and the Turkish-backed fighters, in Manbij, north Syria, Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump hopes to clinch a deal with Russian leader Vladimir Putin that will allow US military withdrawal from Syria, media reported.

The two leaders plan to hold a summit in Finland’s Helsinki on July 16 to discuss US-Russia relationship and pressing international issues, including Syria and Ukraine.

In this Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 photo, U.S. Marines prepare to build a military site during a sandstorm in western Anbar, Iraq. The US-led coalition's newest outpost in the fight against the Islamic State group is in this dusty corner of western Iraq near the border with Syria where several hundred American Marines operate close to the battlefront, a key factor in the recent series of swift victories against the extremists. - Sputnik International
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Sources told the CNN broadcaster Trump believed he could reach an agreement with Putin to create an exclusion zone in Syria’s southwest that would allow US troops to "get out ASAP."

The plan is to stop fighting in the area where an offensive is underway by government troops to oust militants, and prevent Iran from getting a foothold, according to the outlet.

Trump revealed in April that the United States would soon withdraw from Syria, although there was no confirmation from his administration or the Pentagon.

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The president said, however, he would discuss this plan with coalitions' allies and countries of the region. The issue was reportedly raised at his Thursday meeting with Jordanian King Abdullah II.

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