United States signals deeper commitment in Syria

US Secretary of State: U,S has no intention to build Syrian border force

US to Maintain Open-Ended Military Intervention in Syria: Tillerson

Despite saying the United States is not interested in "nation-building" in Syria, Tillerson said the United States must not repeat the "mistake" he said it made in leaving Iraq. "I think it's unfortunate that comments made by some left that impression".

The YPG is in turn the lead component of the US -backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) which was created in 2015 to fight the Islamic State and now controls northeast Syria. "That is not what we're doing".

The statement came after the top US diplomat met with Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu on the sidelines of the Vancouver meeting.

US Secretary of State: U,S has no intention to build Syrian border force

"The U.S. continues to train local security forces in Syria". "The Afrin crisis shows how hard it is for US policymakers to walk and chew gum when it comes to Syria", he said.

In a previous statement, the Syrian Foreign Ministry vowed to fight the USA presence in Syria.

Turkey considers the YPG a terrorist group due to its link to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). The training would focus on existing elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDC), the US' main ally in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria. He added that Russian Federation "has a meaningful role to play in persuading the Assad regime to engage constructively in the Geneva process."Over the long term, the United States and its allies must participate in "stabilization initiatives" across Syria such as de-mining and establishing stable electricity, safe drinking water and other elements of a functioning state, which would be State Department and USAID initiatives backed up by the USA military presence, Tillerson said". "We are keenly aware of the legitimate security concerns of Turkey, a member of the Global Coalition and a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally".

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The United States has deployed around 2,000 ground troops to Syria and its warplanes patrol over the east of the country, hunting remnants of IS, which was largely routed from the country previous year.

The Pentagon said the SDF force is not a new "army" or conventional "border guard" force.

Billed as the Trump administration's new strategy on Syria, the announcement will prolong the risks and redefine the mission for the US military, which has for years sought to define its operations in Syria along more narrow lines of battling Islamic State and has about 2,000 USA ground forces in the country.

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Turkey has meanwhile dispatched tanks and troops to the Syrian border, where they appear poised to launch an attack on another Kurdish-controlled enclave outside the area where the United States maintains troops.

"These forces will protect the local population and help prevent ISIS from launching new attacks against the USA and its allies and partners, pending a longer-term political solution to the Syrian civil war in Geneva", the statement read.

The continued presence of the IS in Syria despite the loss of a majority of its territory it is necessary, Tillerson said, to avoid a repeat of the security vacuum that followed the United States withdrawal from Iraq in 2011 and the conditions that allowed the IS and other terrorist groups to flourish in the region.

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The spokesman for the USA -led coalition, officially known as Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), Ryan Dillon's statement, had said on January 14 that the coalition will establish a 30,000-strong new border security force with the SDF in Syria.

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