Defense Secretary Mark Esper says the United States will be withdrawing all troops from northeastern Syria and that he expects Syrian Kurds to seek aid from Russia and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
On Sunday, Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi said that top-level Iraqi security officials met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, and hinted that Iraq will be playing a bigger role fighting ISIS militants after the US announced that they will be withdrawing troops from Syria.
Talks between Russia, Turkey and Iran have focused on Idlib, as Syrian President Assad warns the northwestern province is next target. Turkey is working to clear Idlib from al-Qaeda and IS-affiliated groups in order to prevent the Syrian Government from attacking the city.
Kurdish YPG claimed on Sunday it had vacated flashpoint town of Manbij near the Turkish border, a longstanding demand by Turkey. The Coalition-backed Manbij Military Council announced that all YPG military advisors have left the city.
Washington and Ankara are finalising a roadmap for the city of Manbij in Syria. This agreement will see the departure of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) leave the area, as it is seen as a hostile force by Turkey.