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Kurds call for larger French role after US leaves Syria

AP  |  Beirut 

A senior Kurdish Friday called on to play a stronger role in following the withdrawal of US troops from the country, warning that Kurdish fighters may have to withdraw from the front lines in the fight against the Islamic State group.

also said as a NATO member has a moral obligation to prevent from attacking

Ahmed was in as part of a delegation attending talks on the planned US military withdrawal from and Turkey's threats to launch a military operation against Kurdish forces in

The delegation met French Emanuel Macron's to Syria,

Donald Trump's abrupt decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria has left America's only allies in the country in the lurch and risks plunging the volatile region into even more instability.

The announcement has been widely seen as an abandonment of a loyal ally, even though the U.S. partnership with the against the Islamic State group in Syria was always considered a temporary marriage of convenience.

With U.S. air support, the drove IS from much of northern and in a costly four-year campaign.

"The decision to pull out under these circumstances will lead to a state of instability and create a political and military void in the region and leave its people between the claws of enemy forces," a statement by the Kurdish-led group and main U.S. ally in Syria said Thursday.

The U.S. announcement came at a particularly tense moment in

Turkish has repeatedly warned of launching a new offensive against the Kurds and in recent days has stepped up the rhetoric, threatening that an assault could begin "at any moment."

views the People's Protection Units, or YPG, the main component of the Syrian Democratic Forces, as a terrorist group and an extension of the insurgency within its borders. U.S. support for the group has strained ties between the two NATO allies.

Turkish Foreign on Friday said his country welcomed the decision by Trump to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. Cavusoglu spoke during a visit to in comments that were broadcast on Turkish television. They marked the first official reaction to the U.S. decision to pull out troops.

The spoke of a need to coordinate the withdrawal with the and said all countries need to be vigilant toward the remnants of the Islamic State group.

Cavusoglu also warned that the withdrawal should not create a vacuum that could be filled by terrorist groups.

The German government, meanwhile, said it wasn't consulted by before the U.S. announced the troop withdrawal. Government told reporters in on Friday that would have appreciated prior consultations.

Demmer said the U.S. decision could affect the dynamics of the conflict, adding that "much remains to be done" for a final victory over the Islamic State group.

She said the is an "important ally" but declined to say whether also considers it a "reliable" one.

said the decision has no immediate impact on Germany's aerial surveillance missions over Syria.

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First Published: Fri, December 21 2018. 21:10 IST
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