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Turkey on Tuesday warned France against protecting a US-backed Kurdish militia in Syria and said Ankara's military power was enough to defeat the Islamic State after U.S. troops withdraw.

According to the Daily Mail, Turkey has built up forces in its border cities of Kilis and al-Rai, and the country's foreign minister says they will begin moving into Syria as soon as possible amid anticipation of the imminent pullout of roughly 2,000 American military personnel.

Erdogan also recently pledged to ramp up strikes against us -backed Kurdish forces in the embattled country, and local reports say some Turkish troops have already crossed into Syria.

Ankara considers the Kurdish fighters in the Syrian Democratic Forces to be part of an terrorist insurgency causing unrest in the country.

President Donald Trump's plan to withdraw United States troops from Syria has triggered alarm among the largely Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Ankara views the Kurdish forces as terrorists due to their links to an insurgent group inside Turkey.

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US President Donald Trump last week said he will begin pulling out almost 2,000 American soldiers from Syria.

Zakharova also said Moscow believes that it should be the Syrian government.

"I will tell you that I've had some very good talks with (Turkish) President (Recep Tayyip) Erdogan who wants to knock them out also and he'll do it".

In a Twitter posting on Monday, Trump said Erdogan vowed to continue the fight against ISIS.

He says he wants to get U.S. soldiers home from Syria and that Iraq can still be used as a base to stage attacks on Islamic State militants if needed.

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The Syriac Military Council said the global coalition that relied on the SDF to clear territory of ISIS has to "ensure security and protection for religious and ethnic minorities living in North East Syria".

President Trump has said the withdrawal will be "slow", and there has been no public timetable on troop movements. Turkey has been negotiating on behalf of the Syrian opposition with Russian Federation and Iran, which support the Syrian government, as part of efforts to end the almost 8-year civil war.

Turkey conducted a second offensive with Syrian rebels against the YPG in its northwestern enclave of Afrin in January this year.

When the YPG turned to Assad for assistance against Turkey in Syria's Afrin region early this year, Russian Federation attempted to pressure the Syrian Kurds to "hand over" the territory to Assad to avert a Turkish military offensive, to no avail.

On Sunday, Macron avoided commenting on the demands made by two representatives of the "Syrian Democratic Council" after Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.

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Speaking to air force cadets at the Hatzerim Air Force Base on December 26, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Trump's decision to remove American troops from Syria "does not change our policies-we will maintain our red lines in Syria and everywhere else".

First Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis resigned, then Brett McGurk, the special envoy to the anti-IS coalition, stepped down.

She said that Turkey's real aim was to "use this opportunity (US withdrawal) to crack down on the YPG".

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan talks during a news conference at the Presidential Palace in Ankara , Dec. 20, 2018. As a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, Turkey values its ties with the USA , considering it a strategic partner.