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00:00:01
>> Turkish commandos are moving out, boarding buses to take them to the Syrian border as Ankara reinforces its positions on both sides, while the US prepares to withdraw. President Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkey will take over the fight against Islamic State militants, but delay a military operation against Kurdish fighters known as the YPG Militia.
00:00:26
The YPG is a main US ally in Syria but Ankara views it as a terrorist group. President Donald Trump has faced criticism at home and abroad for abruptly beginning to pull US troops out of the conflict and claims Islamic State has been defeated there. On Sunday, he spoke to Erdogan about a slow withdrawal though, which Reuter's Adres Ali says could signal a change in tone.
00:00:52
>> While he said the pull out would still be happening, he said the pull out from Syria would be slow and highly coordinated. Which really suggests a sort of, not a change in heart necessarily, but maybe a slower timeline than had initially been expected. And then could really be because of the criticism that he's received from a lawmakers over the past few days on television and in
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00:01:13
>> President Trump's policy change went against the advice of some top advisers and has alarmed international allies. US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis appeared to have also resigned after a fall out with the commander in chief. Sunday's convey included Turkish tanks, machine guns, and other heavy machinery. Some are heading towards the front line of Manbige, town which has been a major flash point between Ankara and Washington due to the presence of the YPG.
00:01:45
The phone call between Trump and Erdogan included reassurances that both sides would work to avoid a power vacuum once the US troops have gone.