US special representative to Syria James Jeffrey has addressed the Munich Security Conference, outlining Washington’s plans on troop withdrawal and subsequent goals in the region.

“We are not [calling for president Assad to go], we are calling for a major change in the behaviour of the [Syrian] regime to bringing in line with a dozen UN and other international agreements on how to treat your own citizens and how to do with the neighbourhood,” the representative said.

Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, US special representative to Syria James Jeffrey stressed that Washington’s goals in northeast Syria have not changed despite the American forces’ withdrawal. He stated that Washington does not want Syrian government forces to regain control of this territory.

“Our goals in the northeast have not changed. They involve first of all maintaining security in the region, which means we are not at all in favour of the regime coming back in because the regime doesn’t promote stability as we see in other areas”, Jeffrey said at the Munich Security Conference.

He went on to say that the second goal in the region was to continue fighting the Daesh terrorist group*.

“Then we also want to take care of security concerns of our Turkish NATO allies. And we are very concerned that the SDF [Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces] is not mistreated in any new shifting there”, he added.

The special representative further noted that the US troop withdrawal would not be abrupt, rapid, but step-by-step and carried out in consultations with the allies.

“We’ve been telling them (allies) continuously this is not going to be an abrupt, rapid withdrawal but a step-by-step withdrawal”, James Jeffrey stated.

He concluded that “overall our goals are the same”.

“The US policy towards Syria has not changed. First of all defeating ISIS, secondly a political solution to the conflict in Syria that results through UN action… Thirdly the removal of all foreign forces”, he said.

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The speech was made just a day after the US-backed Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that an operation against Daesh* has almost been completed, with the last pockets of terrorists entrenched in a small area of Baghouz.

Earlier in the week, US President Donald Trump declared that the US-led coalition may finally defeat and declare victory over Daesh in the coming days. In December, Trump had already announced the defeat of Daesh in the region, saying that the US would pull its troops out of the area.

 

 

Source: Sputnik

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So for the USA the continued breakup of Syria takes priority over the formerly stated reason for the USA to be in Syria which was to rid Syria of ISIS???
For the information of the US State Department, the former is not UN sanctioned and neither has the US presence in Syria been authorized by the UN.

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Seems the matter has been decided by Assad. He will not negotiate on the constitution. This means Syria now has lost its north east, either to SDF/US or to Turkey. In anyway, he will not get back the region he betrrayed and goes on betraying . Turkey will be smiling now, being helped by a fool. Likely SDF will now start to prepare to go it alone. Whether they can is dubious, but Syria has been broken by a hereditary tin pot dictator, eagerly helped by all his neighbours. Common senss seems to be lacking in the whole of the… Read more »

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Actually, on our side, we said we were not into withdrawing, now, is there the will to challenge a Turkish invasion, as I’m not in the circles of power, I can’t tell, but it’s clear we absolutely have the means to enforce a no fly zone able to bounce TAF and provide air support to SDF. After all, with our German partners, we didn’t waited the Yanks to provide the Kurds with what they needed t repel the cockroaches, including air support, auto-cannons, firearms and ATGMs. Now the question is about the will to say 🖕🏾 to Erdogan or e.g.… Read more »

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We all are calling for a major change in the behavior of the [US] regime to bring it in line with a dozen UN and other international agreements on how to treat other sovereign countries. The US partition plan of Eastern Syria is not compliant with UN Charter and UN’s A/RES/2625(XXV) = Declaration on Principles of International Law concerning Friendly Relations and Co-operation among States in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.

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On this, I agree with you, thus, NONE of the actors in this sad story are complying. I absolutely maintain my long time POV : there are no good guys in this multiplayer 3D chess-boxing game.
(Note : Chess-Boxing has been invented by comics author Enki Bilal, nevertheless, there are real-life chess-boxing competition now!)
Sadly, UN Charter is a bit an utopia 🙁

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@Daeshbags-Sux, The UN Charter Utopia came out of the mouths of the Victors of WW II. And it is in parts based on Wilson’s 14 points (WW I war ruse). About the UN Charter principles: the victors claimed to have fought for them against Fascism (German, Italian… form exceptionalism) and extreme Chauvinism (Japanese & German Kaisers and others… form of exceptionalism and imperialism) in two world wars.

Now we all find the Utopia has been displaced by another form of exceptionalism and imperialism. Did the many allies and mercenaries of the victors from smaller nations give their blood for that?

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assad supercharged daesh to make himself look good then yanks did his dirty work. the only thing left to do is to remove him – the middle east doesn’t have time for assad to mature

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The tin pot Al Qaeda and ISIS supporter Erdogan is responsible

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he’s responsible for using them against the kurds

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Actually, John Kerry himself said Yanks let Daesh rush into Syria (they perfectly could have intercepted them when the roaches crossed the desert, giving ’em a Highway of Death, Desert-Storm style), thinking so they’d push Assad into negotiating. He added “He called Putin instead”.

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@Daeshbags-Sux, I perfectly agree. The US tried to use against Assad the IS monster they had helped to create.

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There are no clues about Assad tooling Daesh against the Kurds. Any way, the rapid extend of Daesh in Syria came from the fact that many FSA factions merged, so was the rapid taking of al-Bab area for Erdogan : the roaches simply changed their uniforms, shaved their beards and joined the Grey Wolves etc…

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‘he’s responsible for using them against the kurds’ – erdogan.
assad didn’t have to arm the head choppers – the shia in the iraqi army did that when they abandoned the sunni heartlands. but it was assad who opened the syria/iraq border to let the foreigners pour into iraq only for them to return to syria to thank assad. just like is father did by using hezbollah suicide bombers in beirut only for them to teach the sunnis who then attacked syria. the religion of peace!!

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@johnny was, Erdogan created the IS with his US and Gulf allies.

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yanks created daesh with their iraqi camps/jihadi universities

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“assad supercharged daesh to make himself look good”
=> No, but he let out the radicalised ones he had jailed… As a result, the “moderate rebels” departed from FSA, thus joining SDF, then these thugs took over FSA remaining faction. This made operations much simpler since Yanks soon stopped vetting FSA groups 😉
Supercharing Daesh to let the Yanks do the dirty work and at the same time looking good was the fact of Qassem Soleimani.
Qassem even bragged about having retaken Mossul while it was the Iraqi army with the coalition’s help.

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@Daeshbags-Sux, under Western pressure President Assad amnestied all political prisoners without checking what they had been jailed for.

The Yanks could have aided the SAA against the IS. The US always decided to do the opposite. All support for the other Jiahadi aided IS and at times the US went so far to openly attack the SAA in IS’ favor.

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@johnny was, better remove the Yanks from the Middle East.

IS was created by US actions. People who lost their position in life by the US invasion of Iraq joined the Jihadi. Then the US/KSA war on Syria destabilized Syria and opened the door for IS. The US/KSA provided the weapons for IS. They armed their “legitimate” rebels. And Conflict Armament Research reports have shown how fast the spread from “vetted” mercenaries of the US – to outright terrorists (in US eyes) was.

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Precisely!