Donald Trump warns Turkey of economic devastation if it hits Kurds

2018 shows a line of US military vehicles in Syria's northern city of Manbij

The U.S. -led coalition against Islamic State has begun the process of withdrawing from Syria, the start of a U.S. pullout that has been clouded by mixed messages from Washington.

But following a backlash from Republicans and Democrats in Congress and the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Trump said the troops would be withdrawn "slowly".

He said the United States would not discuss a specific timeline, locations or troop movements out of concern for operational security.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring group, said sources in Syria's northeastern province of Hasakah reported the departure of about 10 armored vehicles from a military base in the town of Rmelan late Thursday. He said the administration chose to go ahead with the withdrawal despite the military's concerns.

Russia's foreign ministry said Friday that it suspected the us government was really intent on maintaining a military force inside Syria indefinitely, in spite of the pullout officially being announced by the Americans.

Robertson, in his statement, said the coalition had carried out "logistical measures" to support a withdrawal but did not enter into details.

The challenge for the United States will be to strike a deal with Turkey's government that ensures the YPG militia, that was so invaluable to Washington over the past handful of years, is protected when the withdrawal is complete.

Akar said Turkey was determined to end terrorism wherever it may be, which never means Hamas terrorism - it's just code for killing a lot of Kurds.

Turkey has carried out military exercises at the border with Syria before an expected offensive on the northern city of Manbij, now held by the United States-backed Kurdish fighters.

Trump's national security advisor John Bolton on Sunday announced conditions for a withdrawal that appeared to delay it indefinitely.

Comments by Bolton on the matter drew a quick rejection this past week from Erdogan, who said they were a "serious mistake" and that Turkey "cannot make any concessions in this regard".

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Washington's top diplomat on Saturday said he was "optimistic" a way could be found to protect Syrian Kurds while allowing Turks to "defend their country from terrorists" despite a U.S. pullout from Syria.

Despite Turkey's vows to the contrary, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday he was confident the two nations can agree on a way to protect U.S. -allied Kurdish rebels in Syria after American troops withdraw from the country.

Last December, Trump announced plans to withdraw all USA troops from Syria, claiming that American forces had defeated Daesh there.

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed Sunday that Israel had struck hundreds of Iranian and Hezbollah targets in Syria over the weekend, including a weapons facility, as the Israeli Defense Forces announced the discovery of a sixth and final tunnel dug by the Lebanese militant group for cross-border attacks. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan then canceled a planned meeting with Bolton.

Earlier this week, however, U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said the USA would expect guarantees that the Kurds would be protected after American troops leave the area.

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Maria Zakharova, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, said it was important for Syrian Kurds and the Syrian government to start talking to each other in light of the U.S. withdrawal plans.

The Assad regime said it was pleased with the development.

He suggested that talks between Damascus and the Syrian Kurds could be part of a broader political solution in Syria.

Ankara sees the backbone of that alliance, the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), as a terrorist group linked to the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) which has fought a decades-long insurgency against the Turkish state. But that time frame has since been extended several times.

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