TruNews – April 3, 2018
Now that President Donald Trump has made it entirely clear that he’s pulling U.S. troops out of Syria sooner than later, it seems a fissure has erupted in Turkey’s relationship with the West.
Reuters is reporting that France is now looking to increase its military presence in lieu of the U.S. to help the coalition that seeks to oust Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. It quotes a source in the Elysee Palace that says French President Emmanuel Macron has warned his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, that any attack on Kurdish forces currently backed by the U.S. in the Manbij region would be “unacceptable.”
Last week, Macron met with members of the Syrian Democratic Forces leadership, which included members of the Kurdish YPG, a group Turkey has designated as a “terrorist organization.” In that meeting, according to a “senior Kurdish official,” the French leader promised to send more troops to back the coalition effort, and to serve as a buffer between the Kurds and Turkey.