Last week, U.S. President Donald Trump made a shock announcement over Twitter. According to the American Commander in Chief, ISIS has been defeated in Syria. Following that, he said that U.S. troops stationed in the country would be coming home.
While Trump seems confident this is the case, the news has unsettled those in the region. As reported by ABC News, Turkish forces are starting to gather near a northern Syrian town that has been held by U.S. and Kurdish forces as new reinforcements were seen crossing the border.
A convoy of Turkish troops, a commando unit, was sent into Syria overnight. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated that the reinforcements were sent to the front line at Manbij, where the U.S. troops have been based. Fifty vehicles in total traveled into Syria, carrying both troops and equipment.
A spokesman for the Kurdish-led Manbij Military Council, Sharfan Darwish, confirmed that the Turkish troops had arrived in the city.
"We are taking necessary measures to defend ourselves if we are attacked," he said.
This comes even after Turkey had said it would "delay a promised offensive" in eastern Syria following Trump's announcement.
On Sunday, Trump tweeted that he had a "long and productive" call with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in which he said they had discussed the "slow and highly coordinated" pullout of U.S. troops from the region following his supposed defeat of ISIS. It's the second time the two leaders have had a lengthy phone conversation in the last 10 days.