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Situation in Afghanistan and Syria Different, US Defence Secretary

To overcome concerns over a possible pull out by the United States after the sudden withdrawal from Syria, US Defence Secretary Mark Esper assured that the situations were different.

Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper in his Remarks in a Joint Press Conference with Senior Afghan Officials and Resolute Support Mission Commander assuaged concerns over a pull out from Afghanistan.

Esper said, “The situations in Syria and Afghanistan are very, very different. The reason for our withdrawal from northeast Syria was because of the imminent invasion planned by the Turks, a longstanding NATO ally. 

We also were faced with a situation, again, where we might be faced with a potential conflict with a longstanding NATO ally. And -- and as I've said in other contexts, we had no obligation, if you will, to defend the Kurds against a longstanding NATO ally. ...................

 

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