‘Angela Merkel expressed the expectation that Turkey would react with restraint and responsibility to the announced withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria,’ reads the message.
During the telephone call, the leaders of the two countries stressed the necessity of the political process led by the UN for ending the conflict in Syria. A statement from the chancellor’s office said the Islamic State group has been pushed back but remains a ‘significant danger’.
On December 19, the U.S. President Donald Trump stated the U.S. forces are to leave Syria. He explained that the Islamic State was defeated and the U.S. completed its mission in Syria.
On December 20, Trump claimed that the United States Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis is retiring in late February. In his letter of resignation, Mattis said that he left due to disagreements with Donald Trump, and also because of the withdrawal of the U.S. forces from Syria.
Americal officials claim that the withdrawal of more than 2,000 troops will take from 60 to 100 days. Most of the U.S. military bases in Syria are located in the north, in the areas controlled by Kurdish militia who actively cooperated with the United States in the fight against the Islamists.
Turkey considers the Kurdish paramilitary forces in Syria their enemies and prepares an operation against them by bringing the military equipment to the border. Invasion of the Turks may start when America leaves.
The United States of America started the military operation against the Islamic State in Iraq in June 2014, and in Syria in September 2014.