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Tribes fighters to replace Kurdish forces in eastern Deir Ezzor: activists

Ahmed al-Jarba

 (Zaman Al Wasl)- A tribesmen militia may replace the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in eastern Deir Ezzor province following Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, local sources told Zaman al-Wasl.

The Elite Forces of the Saudi-backed al-Ghad movement will spread in eastern Euphrates which already dominated by Arab tribes.

The militia is led by Sheikh Ahmed al-Jarba, the former head of the Syrian opposition's National Coalition.

The new recruitment that has been announced will depend on the indigenous people, activists said.

Trump on Wednesday defended his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria during an unannounced visit to Iraq, saying that many people are going to start seeing things the same way he does.

Trump abruptly made the decision on Syria last week, against the advice of top aides and commanders, including Defense Secretary James Mattis, who resigned the next day.

Trump said he had told his advisers, "let's get out of Syria," but was then persuaded to stay, before deciding to bring the 2,000 troops home.

According to Anadolu Agency, the U.S. forces vacated a warehouse in Malikiya in the northeast Hassaka province.

Hummer armored vehicles and trucks from the 400-square-meter (4,306 square foot) warehouse -- around which some 50 U.S. troops were based -- were sent to Iraq.

The U.S. troops based around the warehouse also left for Iraq.

Washington's military presence in Syria has included some 18 military bases.

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