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Press Titles ” 2019/2/16

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US Senator Lindsey Graham openly declared his call for US troops to stay in Syria by providing European allies with what he called the buffer zone, while Europe rejected US Vice President Mike Pence’s appeal to Europeans to withdraw from the nuclear deal with Iran and isolate Tehran.

The international press tackled on Saturday deep differences in the American House on the withdrawal from Syria and the construction of the border wall with Mexico.

How will the US stay in Syria and leave at the same time?

The Washington Post reported the US presence in Syria and asked: Is there a way for the United States and its allies to stay in north-east of Syria, even after President Trump pledged last December to withdraw US military forces there?

“Officials are struggling to develop this alternative strategy, but they may have greater risks than maintaining the existing advisory force.

He referred to the public invitation made by Senator Lindsey Graham and his call for an alternative solution to the withdrawal from Syria. On Friday, the senator said in Munich he wanted European countries to provide troops for buffer zone as a way to persuade Trump to maintain an American presence.

“I hope President Trump will come to some of you and ask for your help and you will say yes,” Graham said, promising that the United States would provide in return, the capability we have is unique.”

The way that this plan may work is unclear, according to current and former US officials.

One official said on Friday that Britain, France and Germany had already rejected initial US requests to send troops to Syria, but that was before Graham’s public request.

Current plans call on US military forces to leave Syria by the end of April, but officials say the timetable is unclear.

US general: Military forces have the flexibility to retain some troops in Syria

The US Wall Street Journal quoted the top US commander in the Middle East as moving ahead with plans to withdraw US troops from Syria, but said the army had the flexibility to retain some troops there if President Trump decided to maintain an American presence in Syria.

General Joseph Votel, head of the US Central Command, said the equipment was being pulled out of Syria as part of Trump’s plan to pull all troops out of the country. He said that in the coming weeks, service members would also begin to leave.

EU, Germany reject Trump’s call to isolate Iran

While the Times of Isreal wrote that the European Union and Germany rejected appeal of Vice President Mike Pence to Europeans withdraw from the nuclear agreement with Iran and isolate Tahran.

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