Turkish leader blasts USA on bid to shield Syrian Kurds

The fear is not only that those foreign fighters could help ISIS rebuild in Syria and Iraq without a USA military presence, but that they could return to their own countries and launch attacks.

Any rollback of Trump's message of a precipitous withdrawal from Syria will be well-received if believed by Jordan's astute leader, King Abdullah II, for whom Islamic State, the Syrian civil war and especially the 666,000 Syrian refugees who have poured across his border pose an existential threat to his country.

According to the YPG, a 16-year-old boy from the USA identified as Soulay Noah Su was among the alleged terrorists who were trying to carry out an attack on civilians.

The terms included total defeat of IS - still active in some Syrian regions - and ensuring that Kurdish fighters who fought alongside the Americans against the jihadists will be protected.

Unquestionably, as Turkey intends to coordinate closely with Washington vis-a-vis Syria amid the planned U.S. military withdrawal, confusing messages from the White House will continue to unsettle Ankara.

Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Wednesday that the presence of American forces failed to provide security for the Arab nation. Turkey has demanded that the observation posts be removed. The YPG lead the Syrian Democratic Forces, which are partnered with the US -led anti-ISIS coalition.

On January 8, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan strongly rejected Bolton's statement made one day earlier in Israel.

America's Kurdish allies in Syria, now fretting over when the Trump administration will pull out the 2,000 US troops who guarantee their safety, said Wednesday that they had apprehended an American teenager fighting with ISIS.

The two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies are at loggerheads over the Syria conflict, including the withdrawal of American forces from the Arab country.

Recent statements by Trump's advisers indicate a continued commitment to "protect the Kurds", referring to the usa allies Yekîneyên Parastina Gel (YPG), from a Turkish military operation.

In a statement, the National Security Action Group - an advocacy organization made up of former Obama administration officials - responded to Pompeo's criticism, writing: "That this administration feels the need, almost a decade later, to take potshots at an effort to identify common ground between the Arab world and the West speaks not only to the Trump administration's pettiness but also to its lack of a strategic vision for America's role in the region and its abdication of America's values".

A Turkish official has said that his country will launch an attack against Kurdish forces in Syria whether or not US forces pull out first.

Pompeo's team emphasized areas of agreement on this visit, saying the U.S.is committed to support "the new Iraqi government's efforts to deliver stability, security and prosperity to all Iraqis", according to deputy spokesman Robert Palladino. The absence of top diplomats in some of the Middle Eastern countries he's visiting makes clear his plans have fallen short, say officials who spoke to Foreign Policy.

The reassurances followed a diplomatic storm caused by Trump's surprise announcement in December that appeared to signal a rapid withdrawal from Syria, where United States special forces play an important role in supporting local forces fighting IS. "It must be hard to leave after having been so intertwined with the terrorist organization", Cavusoglu said.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday slammed the Obama administration's Mideast policies, which were outlined in a similar venue nearly a decade ago, and touted their reversal under U.S. President Donald Trump, saying that "America is a force for good in the Middle East". Trump initially said it would be immediate, which alarmed his advisors and drove Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis to resign.

Still, Pompeo defended Trump's decision on Thursday, telling reporters the "decision to withdraw our troops has been made".

The aforementioned maps reveal that U.S. operations took place in northeastern Syria only.


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