"American troops aren't welcome here, and although their presence may complicate matters for us, we are ready to forcefully recover every inch of Syria, even if Trump keep USA soldiers on our soil".
Uncertainty over the pace of withdrawal aside, military officials are working on the assumption that Trump wants all US troops to leave, CNN reported, citing an administration official with direct knowledge of the operation.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is now on a Middle East tour to reassure allies about US plans to withdraw troops from Syria. These include troops to provide additional security.
The decision has injected new uncertainties into the eight-year long Syrian war and a flurry of contacts over how a resulting security vacuum will be filled across a swathe of northern and eastern Syria where the USA forces are stationed.
"OIR [Operation Inherent Resolve] has an approved framework for the withdrawal of forces from Syria, and is now engaged in executing that withdrawal", Pentagon spokesman Commander Sean Robertson said earlier this week.
Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton have both visited the Middle East in the past week to talk with and reassure allies, and both have angered Turkey by saying that the US would protect the Kurdish fighters that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to attack. The comments angered Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who then refused to meet with Bolton during a visit to Turkey.
"Regarding this matter, Bolton has made a serious mistake and whoever thinks like this has also made a mistake".
Pompeo's remarks in Cairo also appeared to contradict Trump's announcement, drawing immediate criticism from Middle East experts as well as officials who served under former U.S. president Barack Obama. "It is not possible for us to make compromises on this point", he added. When we neglect our friends, resentment builds.
"Teaming with the Kearsarge ARG, we look forward to training with allied and partner military forces while also providing versatile, amphibious response options to our combatant commanders as we face myriad global challenges", Col. Michael Perez, commander of the 22nd MEU, said in a statement last month.
"The good news is this: The age of self-inflicted American shame is over".
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu went so far on Wednesday as to say that if the USA withdrawal from Syria was delayed, "then we will put this decision into practice", suggesting Turkey could go after the Kurds in short order.
Turkey's Defense Minister Hulusi Akar reviews an honor guard as he arrives for a meeting with the commanders of military units on Syrian border in Sanliurfa, southeastern Turkey, Jan. 11, 2019.
"We believe it is important that the territories that will be vacated after the Americans leave will come under the control of the Government of Syria", she added.
"We can not make any concessions in this regard", said Erdogan, who vowed that "those involved in a terror corridor" in Syria "will receive the necessary punishment".