Erdogan to Trump: Turkey ready to take over Syria's Manbij

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Responsibility for the bombing was claimed by isis.

He opined that the U.S. should narrow its objectives in Syria to: "mitigating the risk of an Islamic State resurgence and preventing Iran from fortifying a military presence that threatens Israel". On Feb. 1, 2017, Trump honored the returning remains of a U.S. Navy SEAL killed in a raid in Yemen.

On Dec. 19, he tweeted that the USA had "defeated ISIS in Syria", adding that was the "only reason" to have troops on the ground there.

Erdogan also expressed his condolences to Trump in connection with the death of the US troops as a result of the terrorist attack in Manbij, adding that this provocation is aimed at influencing the decision of the US President to withdraw US troops from Syria.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence claimed hours after a bloody attack in Syria on U.S. forces that Washington will never allow ISIS to reestablish their caliphate.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he did not believe the attack would have an impact on the USA decision to withdraw from Syria "because I saw honorable Trump's determination on this point".

For its part, the US has been adamant that its relationship with the Kurdish militia is tactical and temporary and aimed at defeating IS, a task that no other group in Syria can be expected to achieve.

McGurk, who was appointed to the envoy role in 2015, wrote that key gains in the fight against ISIS have been due to the "small and highly effective American military presence in Syria".

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Erdogan told Trump that the suicide bombing in Manbij, a town in northeast Syria controlled by a militia allied to USA -backed Kurdish forces, was a provocative act aimed at affecting Trump's decision last month to withdraw us troops from Syria.

Adding to the confusion, the Pentagon then said the United States has already begun "the process of our deliberate withdrawal" from Syria, but stressed this was only for "non-essential" military gear - and not troops.

The attack killed two US soldiers, one Department of Defense civilian and a contractor, the Pentagon confirmed hours after the explosion.

An Islamic State statement later said a Syrian fighter had detonated his explosive vest on a foreign patrol in Manbij.

The suicide attack hit near the main market in the northern city of Manbij, witnesses told Reuters.

A blast struck near a in Syria's northern Manbij on Wednesday, a witness and the Manbij Military Council militia that holds the town said.

A six-member Navy ceremonial team then brought out a flag-draped casket bearing former Navy Seal Scott Wirtz, who was working as a Department of Defence civilian when he was killed. Assad controls most of the country.

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