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World: Trump says US troops 'largely out' of Syria region

Erdogan sees no issues in Kobani after Syrian deployment, welcomes U.S. withdrawal

  Erdogan sees no issues in Kobani after Syrian deployment, welcomes U.S. withdrawal Erdogan sees no issues in Kobani after Syrian deployment, welcomes U.S. withdrawalEarlier on Monday, Syrian army troops entered the town of Tel Tamer in northeastern Syria, according to state media, after Damascus reached an agreement with the Kurdish-led forces in the region to deploy into the area to counter an attack by Turkey.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says U.S. troops are "largely out" of a region of Syria where Turkish forces are attacking Kurdish fighters.

President Donald Trump welcomes Italian President Sergio Mattarella to the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) © Provided by The Associated Press President Donald Trump welcomes Italian President Sergio Mattarella to the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Turkey launched a military operation against Kurdish fighters allied with the U.S. after Trump pulled troops from the region this month. As he met Wednesday with Italy's president, Trump said: "If Syria wants to fight to take back their land, that's up to them and Turkey."

Trump adds: "There's a lot of sand that they can play with."

Trump Followed His Gut on Syria. Calamity Came Fast.

  Trump Followed His Gut on Syria. Calamity Came Fast. President Trump’s acquiescence to Turkey’s move to send troops deep inside Syrian territory has in only one week’s time turned into a bloody carnage, forced the abandonment of a successful five-year-long American project to keep the peace on a volatile border, and given an unanticipated victory to four American adversaries: Russia, Iran, the Syrian government and the Islamic State. Rarely has a presidential decision resulted so immediately in what his own party leaders have described as disastrous consequences for American allies and interests.

But as Trump defends removing troops from northeastern Syria, he's talking up his recent decision to send more troops to Saudi Arabia to help the kingdom defend against Iran.

Trump says the U.S. is sending missiles and "great power" to the Saudis, and adds: "They're paying for that."

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Trump decided to leave troops in Syria after conversations about oil, officials say .
Pentagon saw an opportunity with the president: “This is like feeding a baby its medicine in yogurt or applesauce.”Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper confirmed on Friday that troops would remain in eastern Syria to prevent the oil fields from being retaken by the Islamic State.

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