US pullout from Syria risks boosting Russia, Iran influence: Merkel
AFP, , Saturday 16 Feb 2019

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Saturday that Washington's plan to swiftly pull its soldiers out of Syria risks allowing Russia and Iran to boost their role in the region.

"Is it a good idea for the Americans to suddenly and quickly withdraw from Syria? Or will it once more strengthen the capacity of Iran and Russia to exert their influence?" Merkel said, as the US struggles to convince allies to stay on in Syria once American troops leave.