The United States of America wants to maintain support for the Kurdish-led SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) in their fighting against ISIS troops despite the US troops were withdrawn from Northern Syria, reports the Pentagon official on Tuesday.
The SDF was the main ground partner in the American-led campaign against the ISIS militants, and the United States President Donald Trump has faced a firestorm of reproval for discarding a loyal ally.
Urging for anonymity, the Pentagon official has said that “there’ll be ongoing conversations on what kind of capabilities we can help bring to them to continue the fight within Syria.”
It continued, “We continue to be committed to the de-ISIS campaign and we want to figure out how we can continue working with the SDF.”
“They have a very strong robust relationship with the US military… and we think we can preserve that relationship,” added the Pentagon officials.
The United States has withdrawn over 1000 troops from Northern Syria, kept only a residual contingent of nearly 150 at the Al-Tanf base near the southeastern borders with Iraq and Jordan.
President Trump has announced the pullback last week, a move largely interpreted as green-lighting a long-planned Turkish capturing of Northern Syria.
On Tuesday, Turkish has forced Syria to dispatch more forced to beat back the attack, while Russia has posted patrols to prevent clashes between Syria and Turkey.
The Government of Europe is worried that the chaos could trigger mass breakouts by thousands of ISIS troops detained by the Kurdish forces, and a broader revival of the jihadist movement.
The Syrian Democratic Forces have already lost 11000 fighters in the campaign against ISIS ahead of final overrunning the troops’ self-proclaimed “caliphate” in March.