Led coalition reports recent air strikes on ISIS in Syria

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"The execute order for Syria has been signed", a USA military spokesperson told AFP on Sunday in response to a query, without providing further details.

The surprise announcement by US President Donald Trump this week that he would withdraw roughly 2,000 troops has felled a pillar of American policy in the Middle East. Critics say Trump's decision will make it harder to find a diplomatic solution to Syria's seven-year-old conflict.

The coalition said its attacks during the week of december 16-22, including air strikes and "coordinated fires", had destroyed logistics facilities and staging areas used by Islamic State, damaged the group's ability to finance its activities and "removed several hundred ISIS fighters from the battlefield". In a widely circulated tweet, he said the USA "has ended the ridiculous 230 Million Dollar yearly development payment to Syria".

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President Donald Trump's decision last week to pull troops out of Syria could have far-reaching repercussions for the multitude of parties involved in the conflict.

Erdogan's spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told reporters on Monday that a USA military delegation would arrive this week to "discuss how to coordinate (the withdrawal) with their counterparts".

United States troops and Syrian Democratic Forces are seen during a patrol in Hasakah, Syria.

"This is insane. This is the most successful counter-insurgence we have conducted in living memory, getting rid of the Islamic State using Kurdish forces".

Just after announcing his Syria decision, Trump again confounded global partners with plans to slash troop numbers in Afghanistan.

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Syrian Kurdish officials are arguing rumored plans by the U.S. to help Turkey fight the Islamic State (IS) in the region would not work as the administration in Washington last week announced the withdrawal of troops.

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

The convoys are crossing into an area controlled by the Free Syrian Army (FSA), a Turkish ally, and are heading to the frontlines of Manbij, TRT World said. In recent weeks Turkey said the US was dragging its feet in implementing the deal and vowed to launch a new offensive against the Kurds.

Hammoud said there is "no alternative" to Turkish forces and their allies replacing U.S troops. In 2014, with United States support, the YPG resisted Daesh's attempts to overrun those areas. The extremists are largely confined to a remote desert enclave hundreds of miles (kilometers) to the southeast of Manbij.

Kurdish forces in Manbij "have taken measures to fend off any attack", said the spokesman for the Kurdish-led Manbij Military Council, Sharfan Darwish.

Turkey saw the US-led military presence as an obstacle in dealing with Kurdish forces in northern Syria it views as threat to its security.

Once the USA withdraws, Erdogan will have nearly a free hand to take harsh measures against these Kurds, and a Turkish military buildup on the joint border has already reportedly begun.

Turkey would "more likely attack Kurdish-led forces than fight IS" in Hajin, east of the Euphrates, sources in the self-ruling Kurdish areas claimed over the past week.

In June, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies reached an agreement that would see the YPG ousted from the town but Turkey has complained the roadmap has been delayed and said Turkish forces would enter the town if the United States does not remove the Kurdish militants.

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