In mid-December, US President Donald Trump announced the pull-out of American troops from Syria, having declared victory over Daesh – the sole reason, he said, for the soldiers presence in the Arab country. He subsequently tweeted that Turkey had promised to wipe out the remaining terrorists in Syria.
In an extensive article penned for The New York Times, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wrote that Daesh* had been defeated in Syria, “militarily speaking”.
US Troop Withdrawal — Right Call
Erdogan noted that his American counterpart, Donald, Trump, had “made the right call” to pull out US troops from Syria, but the withdrawal must be planned “carefully” and carried out in close cooperation with “the right partners to protect the interests of the United States, the international community and the Syrian people”.
According to the Turkish president, Turkey is “the only country with the power and commitment to perform that task”.
Erdogan elaborated that Ankara’s military operations against Daesh prevented terrorists from attacking Turkey and Europe.
He further wrote that “unlike coalition operations in Raqqa and Mosul, which relied heavily on airstrikes that were carried out with little or no regard for civilian casualties”, Turkish troops’ approach guaranteed that Al Bab’s infrastructure remained “largely intact” and that it was possible for people to return to normal life within days.
“This stable environment is the only cure for terrorism….