Syria US pullout: Turkey sends troops to border; foreign ministry delegation to head to Washington for talks on 8 January
US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw 2,000 US troops from northern Syria has dismayed many of Washington's allies, and critics say Turkey will look to benefit in its fight against US-backed Kurdish forces inside Syria.
US withdrawal from Syria could revive Islamic State, bring more West Asian players in an already complex war
The US presence in Syria ensures a professional performance by the Free Syrian Army and its coordination with the Kurdish SDF. Both have the common aim of preventing Islamic State's resurgence as also giving way to a Syrian government victory