Even after the US troop withdrawal Syria Around 200 American soldiers are expected to remain in peacekeeping in the civil war country. The US government wants to leave this small group of soldiers in Syria for a while, said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.
US President Donald Trump had surprisingly announced in mid-December to withdraw all 2,000 US troops from Syria. There, the IS was defeated and thus achieved the goal of the US mission, it was then. Since then, however, the US President has put his announcement on the withdrawal of troops into perspective again. Allied states, as well as representatives of Trump's Republicans, consider a complete withdrawal premature.
The United States support the Kurdish YPG militia in northern Syria in the fight against the Islamic State extremist militia (IS). The Kurds are worried about a US withdrawal for a Turkish offensive on Syrian territory. Turkey sees the YPG as a terrorist organization and has announced that it will smash it.
Previously Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had talked to each other on the situation in Syria. The two heads of state had agreed to continue working on the establishment of a possible security zone in northern Syria, the US presidential office said.