Donald Trump Says US Pullout From Syria Justified, 'Erdogan Will Eradicate ISIS'

US Marine Corps tactical vehicles are seen driving along a road near the town of Tal Baydar in the

"On Wednesday, White House spokesperson, Sarah Sanders, however, also said in a statement that, "These victories over ISIS in Syria do not signal the end of the coalition or its campaign", adding, 'We have started returning the United States troops home as we transition to the next phase of this campaign".

Differences over Syria have been a long time source of tension between Washington and Ankara.

Turkey claims the YPG is the Syrian wing of the Turkey-based separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is considered a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and European Union.

The town of Manbij has been one area of friction between the U.S. and Turkey, which has vowed to clear the area of the YPG.

In June, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies reached an agreement that would see the YPG ousted from Manbij but Turkey has complained the roadmap has been delayed.

Senator Lindsey Graham, a usual ally of Trump who has been harshly critical of the Syria decision, on Monday tried a different strategy as he appealed to the president to work off his diplomacy with Erdogan.

"They will discuss how to coordinate (the withdrawal) with their counterparts", Ibrahim Kalin told a news conference in Ankara after US President Donald Trump's shock decision last week to order the pull-out of 2,000 troops.

Turkey is sending reinforcements to its border with Syria, Demiroren News Agency (DHA) reported on Sunday, adding that some 100 vehicles including mounted pickup trucks and weaponry had made their way to the area.

Convoys of Turkish tanks, artillery and troops have been crossing the Turkish border into areas controlled by allied rebel groups and heading to the front lines of Manbij since Saturday evening.

In 2015, when the Syrian Democratic Forces were created under US auspices to fight Islamic State, YPG members formed its backbone.

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Turkey will not leave Syrian Kurds at the mercy of the terrorist PKK/PYD, as it didn't leave the Arabs to the hands of the Daesh terror group, he said. The Syrian authorities, in particular, urged the United Nations to take measures targeting the perpetrators of the attacks and put an end to the coalition's unauthorized presence in Syria.

Administration officials said Trump was annoyed by Mattis' resignation letter, which included an implicit criticism of Trump's disregard for allies.

Mattis' reasons for leaving were more than just about Afghanistan or Syria, said Rogers.

American forces are still stationed in and around the town of Manbij.

"Within the framework of the phone call we had with Mr. Trump, we have started preparing plans for operations to clear the ISIS elements still within Syria", he continued. "An ally should be reliable, co-ordinate with other allies".

Five days after the call with Erdogan, Trump announced in a tweet that he was removing the troops, claiming: "We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency".

The two men also agreed that trade was below the desired level between the U.S. and Turkey, and should be increased, the Turkish presidency added.

Turkey has also faced a higher number of Afghans coming into the country illegally this year.

But Kurdish officials have argued otherwise, warning IS remnants still pose a significant threat in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border, where they still control some pockets.

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