Turkey's president offers condolences for Americans killed by ISIS in Syria

Hugh Fox
January 22, 2019

Erdogan's office says the president spoke to U.S. President Donald Trump by telephone Sunday, days after an Islamic State attack in the city killed 19 people, including three U.S. service members and an American military contractor. "The ISIS caliphate has crumbled", he said, "But America's going to continue to support the effort until we drive any remnants of ISIS from the region".

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The Islamic State movement claimed the attack.

Biddle slammed Trump for using language that is deliberately misleading, saying, "Nobody thinks ISIS has been annihilated".

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Their solution is to keep United States troops in Syria, which ironically is also ISIS' solution.

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The group's battlefield successes have been a major component of the USA -led effort to defeat IS in Syria, and Kurdish militants now control approximately a third of the country.

A witness in Manbij said Wednesday's attack had targeted a restaurant where USA personnel were meeting members of the militia backed by Washington.

'My concern about the statements made by president Trump is that (he) had set in motion an enthusiasm by the enemy we are fighting, ' Graham said.

"Allow me to extend on behalf of the Department of Defense our thoughts and prayers to the families and team members of those killed and wounded during today's attack in Manbij", Shanahan said.

US Defense Secretary James Mattis announced his resignation, as did the Pentagon chief of staff, and Special Presidential Envoy to the coalition Brett McGurk.

A US withdrawal from Syria without a plan would lead to an "Iraq on steroids", he said.

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The remains of Americans killed in a suicide bombing in Syria returned home Saturday.

Al Jazeera's Osama bin Javaid, reporting from the Turkish-Syrian border, said the latest phone call was "essentially a continuation of the strategy to try and bridge the divide that was created" following a war of words between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies over Washington's backing of the Kurdish fighters and what will happen in the region after the USA pullout.

"We have beaten them and we have beaten them badly", he said in a video posted on his Twitter account. He simultaneously restated US plans to withdraw while also saying Washington would never allow Islamic State to re-establish itself - something experts say it will try to do following a USA pullout.

"The truth is that too often in recent years China has chosen a path that disregards the laws and norms that have kept the world state prosperous for more than half a century", he said.

About the US decision to pull out from Syria, Celik said: "Turkey has the capacity to fight Daesh and to take over security in [Syria's] Manbij".

Trump has previously warned Turkey not to attack the Kurdish fighters in Syria and appeared to threaten Turkey's economy if it did.

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