“Trump asked: ‘If we withdraw our soldiers, can you clean up ISIS?’”, a Turkish official said. He said Erdogan replied that Turkish forces were up to the task. “Then you do it,” Trump told him abruptly. John Bolton, also on the call, Trump said: “Start work for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria.”
“Units from the Syrian National Army headed towards the Manbij front and took preliminary positions (in preparation) for the battle,” said Major Youssef Hamoud, the spokesman for the National Army, the main Turkey-backed rebel force in the area. The group is aimed at unifying disparate factions in northwest Syria.