On December 19, Donald Trumpsaid he had ordered the withdrawal of all USA forces in Syria, which are believed to number around 2,000.
The decision has injected new uncertainties into the eight-year long Syrian war and a flurry of contacts over how a resulting security vacuum will be filled across a swathe of northern and eastern Syria where the USA forces are stationed.
Col. Sean Ryan, spokesman for the coalition fighting ISIS, confirmed earlier in the day to The Associated Press that "the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria" was underway.
"We can not make any concessions in this regard", said Erdogan, who vowed that "those involved in a terror corridor" in Syria "will receive the necessary punishment".
U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton this week suggested America's withdrawal was contingent on assurances from Turkey it would not attack.
Trump's shock announcement on December 19 that he was withdrawing all 2,000 American troops from the conflict-wracked Middle Eastern country has led to concern among allies, including Israel, and prompted the resignation of his then defense chief Jim Mattis. Ankara views U.S. Kurdish allies the YPG in Syria as one and the same with the PKK, a group that has waged a 34-year insurgency against Turkey.
Questions have swirled around the withdrawal order since Trump made the unexpected announcement last month. "Obviously when there is a political solution, we will withdraw", he said without elaborating.
The timeline for withdrawal has been the subject of shifting statements from the White House, which has been accused of sending mixed messages about its mission in Syria and its broader priorities in the Middle East.
While the US military pullout is now officially underway it has made a slow start. But the peace and stability of areas USA forces withdraw from "must be guaranteed", she added.
Government forces will liberate the entirety of Syria even if Trump reneges on his announced pull-out, a source in the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) told Sputnik correspondent Suliman Mulhem on Friday.
But relations went through a rough patch in recent years as China backed United Nations sanctions over the North's nuclear tests. In a break with previous visits, Chinese state media confirmed the North Korean leader's trip while he was still in the country.
The president said he hopes denuclearization will be sped up by the declaration of an official end to the Korean War. Kim's fourth visit to China comes ahead of a much-anticipated summit with U.S. president Trump later this year.
On Thursday he travels to the border. "We will oppose any effort by the president to make himself a king and a tyrant". Her fellow Republican senators, Susan Collins of ME and Cory Gardner of Colorado, issued similar appeals last week.
Andy Murray is still hoping to make it to one more Wimbledon tournament before his problematic hip forces him into retirement. At 37, Federer is in Australia attempting to win the title for a third year running and for a seventh time overall.
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If Prime Minister Theresa May can't win over Brexiteers, she can work on Labour MPs to form a cross-party consensus. The government said it was an "inconvenience" but would not stop its preparations for leaving the EU.
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He also said he understood the predicament facing hundreds of thousands of federal workers who are not receiving their paychecks . The proposed wall is reportedly going to be made from steel, which Trump told reporters would be "less obtrusive" and "stronger".
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