Wash­ing­ton calls on Berlin to send ground troops to Syria

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The US on Sun­day called for Ger­many to send ground troops to north­ern Syria, push­ing Berlin to ramp up its mil­i­tary involvemen­t in the fight against the Is­lamic State (IS) group as Wash­ing­ton looks to with­draw from the re­gion.

“We want ground troops from Ger­many to partly re­place our sol­diers” in the area as part of the anti-is coali­tion, US spe­cial representa­tive on Syria James Jef­frey told Ger­man me­dia in­clud­ing the Die Welt news­pa­per.

Jef­frey, who was vis­it­ing Berlin for Syria talks, added that he ex­pects an an­swer this month.

Last year US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump de­clared vic­tory against IS and or­dered the with­drawal of all 2,000 US troops from Syria.

But a small num­ber have re­mained in north­east­ern Syria, an area not con­trolled by the regime of Pres­i­dent Bashar al-as­sad, and Wash­ing­ton is push­ing for in­creased mil­i­tary sup­port from other mem­bers of the in­ter­na­tional coali­tion against IS.

“We are look­ing for vol­un­teers who want to take part here and among other coali­tion partners,” Jef­frey said.

Wash­ing­ton has two goals in the re­gion: to sup­port the Us-backed Kur­dish forces that ex­pelled IS from north­ern Syria as they are in­creas­ingly threat­ened by Turkey, and to prevent a po­ten­tial IS resur­gence in the war-torn coun­try.

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