Turkish forces will cross into Kurdish-held Syria, insists foreign minister

Erdogan welcomed Trump’s abrupt decision last week to withdraw American troops from Syria

"There will be intensive traffic" between officials, he added, a day after Trump and Erdogan held a telephone conversation agreeing to coordinate the Syria pull-out. "While nothing definite is being planned, the President is open to a potential meeting in the future", a White House spokesperson said.

Turkey said Tuesday it is working with the United States to coordinate the withdrawal of American forces but remains "determined" to clear US -allied Kurdish fighters from northeastern Syria.

Ankara has said it'll deploy its forces to Jarabulus and Manbij in Syria.

After Trump's decision, Erdogan said he would delay the eastern Syria offensive and would work on plans to clear out ISIS from the region.

Mattis announced his resignation last Thursday, a day after Trump made a decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, posting on Twitter that the United States had defeated the Daesh terrorist group in the Arab Republic.

Trump's surprise decision to withdraw troops from Syria was also announced last week after a call with Erdogan.

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Erdogan's spokesman said Monday Turkish defense officials would meet with their USA counterparts later this week.

The U.S. has since 2014 partnered with the Syrian Kurdish militia to drive out ISIS, a partnership that soured relations between Ankara and Washington. Still, the withdrawal of the some 2,000 U.S. troops now stationed in Syria will be "slow & highly coordinated", Trump tweeted on Sunday.

Turkey says it and its Syrian Arab allies can replace the U.S.in preventing a resurgence of the Islamic State group.

And Kalin vowed that there was "no question of a step backwards, vulnerability or a slowdown in the fight against Daesh (IS)".

Ahmed, the senior Syrian Kurdish official, had just returned from a trip to France in which she called on Paris to play a larger role in Syria following the US withdrawal.

Turkey, along with other countries, is seeking a UN-led investigation into the unsolved case, Çavuşoğlu added on Tuesday.

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The Turkish IHA news agency reported that a convoy of Turkish troops - a commando unit - had been sent into Syria overnight. "We can bring peace to this region". After many years they are coming home.

Following Trump's move, Turkey chose to postpone its military operation against Syrian Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria.

The United States needs Turkey as a key regional economy if it hopes to effectively strangle Iran through sanctions.

But relations between the Turkish and American leaders appear to have improved substantially since a crisis in the summer over the detention of a USA pastor, since released.

Turkey had said it would launch a new military operation in the area earlier this month.

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