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    Trump on Troop Withdrawal From Northern Syria: Time to Get US Out of 'Ridiculous Endless Wars'

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    The American military has reportedly evacuated several outposts from the region ahead of a Turkish offensive against the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), previously announced by Ankara.

    President Donald Trump has written on Twitter that getting the US out of wars was the reason he was elected, just hours after reports emerged that American troops are withdrawing from their positions in Syria.

    ​Trump earlier commented on the situation in northern Syria, where they plan to create a safe zone in order to prevent new clashes between Turkish forces and US-backed militants from the SDF. He stressed that the US has destroyed the Daesh* terrorist group in the region, adding that his country shouldn't have involved itself deeper in local conflicts.

    According to the American president, the US military should fight only where it is in the country's interest, "and only fight to win".

    Trump further elaborated that if Ankara does anything he considers "off-Limits", he will "totally destroy and obliterate the economy of Turkey".

    Meanwhile, the Pentagon stated that the US does not endorse the Turkish operation in northern Syria.

    The statements come as Turkey prepares to clear Kurdish-led militants from Syrian territories east of the Euphrates. In the meantime, the SDF has called it "a stab in the back", claiming that the US had assured the militants there would not be any Turkish offensive in the region. The Kurdish-led forces, however, stressed that they would fight against Turkey's forces without any hesitation.

    The US stated that it would not support the operation and evacuated two American observation posts in Ras al-Ain and Tell Abiad.

    Members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), made up of an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters, stand under an Islamic State (IS) group banner in the recently recaptured town of Al-Karamah, 26 kms from the IS bastion of Raqa, as they advance to encircle the jihadists, on March 26, 2017
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    Members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), made up of an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters, stand under an Islamic State (IS) group banner in the recently recaptured town of Al-Karamah, 26 kms from the IS bastion of Raqa, as they advance to encircle the jihadists, on March 26, 2017

    The two NATO allies have previously negotiated about the possibility of creating a safe zone in the northern part of Syria, but last month Turkey accused Washington of stalling the process and warned that it would establish a safe zone without US help if needed.

    Addressing the decision, Damascus declared that both states are occupants, as their forces have been deployed in the country illegally, without any authorisation from the Syrian government of the UN Security Council.

    Turkey has long been attempting to drive the SDF militants away from its border, as its government consider the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), leading the group, to be a part of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which Ankara has blacklisted as a terror organisation.

    * Daesh (ISIL/ISIS/IS/Islamic State) is a terrorist organisation banned in Russia

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