US forces & # 39; cannot stay in Iraq & # 39; after leaving Syria, the army says
US forces & # 39; cannot stay in Iraq & # 39; after withdrawal from Syria, the Baghdad government says, while Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets Vladimir Putin and prepares for a new invasion
- US troops are only allowed to travel through Iraq, the army said today
- It contradicts Washington's assertions that troops would remain in Iraq to fight ISIS
- Donald Trump ordered troops from Syria and paved the way for the attack of Turkey
The Iraqi army has put the plans of the Middle East in America into chaos by saying that American troops withdrawn from Syria cannot stay in Iraq.
US troops have permission from the Kurdish regional government to travel through Iraq, but have no permission to stay there, a statement said today.
It contradicts claims by US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, who said that troops leaving Syria would go to Western Iraq and continue to conduct operations against ISIS.
Esper said he had talked to his Iraqi counterparty about moving more than 700 troops to Iraq and helping the country defend & # 39; but those plans now seem confused.
Iraqi military officials have said that US troops are leaving Syria and on their way to Iraq without permission to stay in the country
This map shows where American troops are crossing Iraq after Donald Trump ordered them from Syria – paving the way for the operation of Turkey in northern Syria
The US has angered the Kurds by pulling their troops out of Syria and opening the door to Turkey's offensive against Kurdish hunters there.
Today, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the invasion with & # 39; greater determination & # 39; would be resumed if Kurdish fighters did not leave northern Syria if an armistice ended today.
Erdogan meets the Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for talks today.
Trump has promised to bring troops home from & # 39; endless wars & # 39; in the Middle East, but has been convicted of leaving the Kurds who helped defeat ISIS in Syria.
Dozens of American armored vehicles have already crossed Iraqi Kurdistan with American soldiers on board from Syria.
The Pentagon has suggested that US troops could cross Syria and continue in Iraq carry out operations against ISIS militants.
US forces have withdrawn from various bases in Syria, including from the main city of Manbij and another close to Kobane close to the Turkish border.
There is an American base in the autonomous region and a receding convoy crossed the border on Monday at a border post.
Fire and smoke rise from the Syrian city of Ras al-Ain during the first week of Turkey's military operation against Syrian Kurdish troops
Trump announced last week the withdrawal of the majority of 1,000 troops stationed in northern Syria as Turkey moved on Kurdish territory
An American military vehicle flying the Kurdish flag can be seen arriving in Iraqi Kurdistan after its withdrawal from northern Syria
Angry Kurds have blocked American troops on the street when they cross from Syria to Iraq after Washington pulled the plug from their support.
American troops were even pelted with potatoes as they traveled through a Syrian city on their way to Iraq on Monday.
Images posted on Twitter showed a vehicle with the American flag struggling to find its way ahead while several locals are standing in front of it.
The Pentagon is now considering holding a small US force in northeastern Syria to protect oil fields.
The United States currently has 5,200 troops deployed in Iraq as part of a Washington-led coalition against ISIS jihadists.
Syrian Kurds, one of them with a Kurdish YPG flag, watch how an American military vehicle drives on a road after American troops left their base in the Syrian city of Tal Tamr on Sunday.
The Pentagon is now considering holding a small US force in northeastern Syria to protect oil fields (shown on this map)
Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right) launched the offensive after US President Donald Trump (left) announced that US forces were withdrawing from Syria
The US presence at various bases in Iraq is already controversial, with numerous political groups and pro-Iran Shiite armed groups demanding their removal.
The Kurdish hunters in Syria are dominated by the YPG, a militia that regards Turkey as a terrorist group.
Since the Turkish offensive began on October 9, at least 114 civilians have been killed and around 300,000 people have been displaced.
Mr Erdogan – who has previously pointed to nuclear ambitions – wants a buffer zone against the Kurds along the Turkish border.
Washington brokered a five-day ceasefire last week to allow the besieged Kurdish hunters, but it expires today.
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