DAMASCUS, A Kurdish-led alliance in Syria says President Donald Trump’s surprise decision to withdraw US troops will allow the Daesh group to recover.

A statement from the Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) warned of a military vacuum that would leave the alliance trapped between “hostile parties”.

Trump made the announcement on Wednesday, saying Daesh had been defeated.

France, which has been a key part of the US-led coalition against Daesh in Syria and Iraq, said its troops would remain in northern Syria for now because Daesh had not been wiped out.

The partnership with the SDF – an alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters – is credited with playing a major role in the virtual elimination of Daesh after it overran large swathes of Syria four years ago.

The SDF statement warned that the withdrawal would “negatively impact” the anti-Daesh campaign and allow the group “to revive itself again”.

It said the US move would have “dangerous implications” for regional stability and “create a political and military vacuum… leaving its people between the claws of hostile parties”.

Neighbouring Turkey has said it is poised to launch a military operation against the Kurdish YPG militia – the main fighting force in the SDF – which it regards as a terrorist group.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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DAMASCUS, A Kurdish-led alliance in Syria says President Donald Trump's surprise decision to withdraw US troops will allow the Daesh group to recover. A statement from the Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) warned of a military vacuum that would leave the alliance trapped between 'hostile parties'. Trump made the announcement...