The United States encouraged Germany to send ground troops into Syria to combat “Islamic state” (IG, an organization banned in Russia) and the protection of the Kurds from Turkey. About this in an interview with Die Welt said the US special envoy on Syria, James Jeffrey.
He said that aid, which now has German technicians and military instructors is not enough, and the United States require that the German infantry was replaced in the North-East of Syria part of the existing American troops. He did not name the exact figures, but mentioned that it would take hundreds of soldiers.
At the same time, according to Geoffrey, Germany may not have to enter into an open confrontation with the IG: the main thing, why the need for German armed forces — to become a barrier between Kurdish armed groups and the troops of Turkey, which officially considers Kurds terrorists.
Militants, said the US special envoy, will be able to push by local Syrian groups. However, the German soldiers must be well armed and “ready to defend itself,” the diplomat added.
German authorities have received from Jeffrey’s suggestion about sending troops, but has not yet released any official answer. Washington expects Berlin decision in July.
Expansion of international presence in Syria part of US plan for a final settlement of the conflict. It also provides for the final destruction of ISIS and launch the political reform process.
On March 18, Pentagon officials have once again confirmed that the United States completely withdraw its troops from Syria.
In February, the President of the United States Donald trump announced that part of the American military will remain in Syria to protect Israel. Before this, the US defense Department reported that the withdrawal of troops is taken into account the situation on the ground and the views of the allies, and no arbitrary deadlines.
Trump announced the withdrawal of American troops from Syria in connection with the announced “final victory” over the “Islamic state” in December 2018.
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