US, Turkish army chiefs discuss Syria over phone
WASHINGTON- Anadolu Agency
This file photo shows Turkish Chief of General Staff Yaşar Güler and his United States counterpart Joseph Dunford at a meeting in Polish capital Warsaw on Sept. 30.
U.S. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff spoke over the phone with his Turkish counterpart about Manbij roadmap and the efforts to ensure ISIL is fully defeated, the U.S. Department of Defense said on March 22.
U.S. President Donald Trump announced in December that Washington would be withdrawing all troops from Syria, however the administration has since backpedaled and stated they will be keeping a small force in the region to maintain stability.
"They also addressed the completion of the Manbij roadmap and the importance of continued U.S.-Turkish cooperation on counterterrorism efforts to ensure the lasting defeat of ISIS," Ryder said in a statement, using another term for ISIL.
PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and the EU.