The withdrawal of American military (about two thousand people) from the north eastern regions of Syria is planned to be completed in late April - early may 2019. As agreed between the State Department and the Pentagon, all of them will be deployed at the US military base of al-Tanf located at the border triangle shared by Syria, Iraq and Jordan, as well as Ain al-Assad air base in the Anbar Province of Western Iraq. The overriding priority of these military facilities in the territories of Syria and Iraq will be making reconnaissance of Iran and combating the transfer of military cargoes to Syria.
The upcoming session of the NATO Council in Warsaw on February 13 this year will primarily focus on US proposals to strengthen sanctions against Iran, Syria, Russia and all the countries outside the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and standing with the legitimate Syrian government. It is also planned to consider the possible measures of "influence" upon Iraq which is supporting President Bashar al-Assad.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has already stated that despite his country's non-alignment policy, he will take an active part in the Warsaw meeting. It's a safe bet that the head of the Jewish state will not only oppose all the decisions against Iran, but also try to act as an aggressive initiator of sanctions reinforcement. In the second fortnight of February, he is set to visit Moscow for talks with President Vladimir Putin. According to the Israeli leader, the point at issue will be the state of bilateral relations and Iran's impact on the situation in the region. Although, according to Israeli media, Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Russia is mainly aimed at enhancing his position ahead of the upcoming general elections in April and obtaining moral support within the Likud Bloc to maintain his post.
Turkey is beginning to piggyback on the upcoming withdrawal of US troops from Syria more and more steadily, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seeking to push through another adventure on creating a Turkish-controlled "security zone" in the north east of Syria. Apparently, this issue was a high-priority problem at the recent talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Back in December 2018, Ankara obtained Washington's consent in principle for implementing this adventure and has developed a kind of road map under its auspices which is entrusted to be read out loud by Ahmad al-Jabra, one of the leaders of the Syrian Kurds, representative of the Arab tribe of Shammar and leader of the Syrian Elite Forces (SEF), the militant wing of Syria's Tomorrow Movement.
His subordinate paramilitary units do not officially count as part of the armed formations of the Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias under the auspices of the United States fighting as part of the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. However, the Syrian Elite Forces took an active part in combating the Islamic terrorists in Raqqa, and Ahmad al-Jabra is now claiming leadership among the Syrian Kurds.
Within the next few days, Ahmed al-Jarba intends to visit Moscow and disclose the road map at a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Judging by the state and prospects for the possible developments in Syria and around it, the nearest future will see the main opponents of the Syrian government as represented by the US-led Global Coalition place greater focus on countering Iran and its allies seeking to eliminate or at least significantly weaken the unity of the anti-terrorist coalition comprising Russia, Turkey, Iran and Syria, as well as to create a new western coalition under the auspices of Washington, this time against Tehran.