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US troops leaving Syria for western Iraq, - Pentagon chief

At the same time, the minister did not rule out that the Americans would conduct counter-terrorism missions in Syria from Iraq territory. The details of this plan will be worked out later
21:18, 20 October 2019

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All US troops leaving Syria will be sent to western Iraq to fight against the Islamic State group. This was reported by US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, AP informs.

According to Esper, we are talking about a plan to deploy more than 700 US troops in western Iraq.

At the same time, the minister did not rule out that the Americans would conduct counter-terrorism missions in Syria from Iraq territory. The details of this plan will be worked out later.

Earlier the United States confirmed the withdrawal of American troops from northern Syria. Esper emphasized that the United States did not have enough forces in the region to stop the Turkish offensive, and they "did not sign up for a war with Turkey."

Related: PACE President urges Turkey to end military operation in Syria

As we reported, President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized NATO partners for their refusal to support Turkish military operation in Syria. 

He believes that NATO members have to fight against terrorism. 

"Supposedly, NATO members should fight against terrorism, however, they do not take an active position in this issue," Erdogan said. 

As it was reported, numerous countries, which are NATO members urge Recep Tayyip Erdogan to cease the military operation. Some European countries, on their turn, banned weapons supplies to Turkey. 

Earlier, Turkey brought its troops across the border with Syria. A small forward group of Turkish forces appeared not far from Syrian towns of Tell Abyad and Ras-al-Ayn on Wednesday morning. They were prepared to advance. The Turkish side aimed to make Syrian armed units withdraw from the border. 

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