Military Going Ahead With Syria Withdrawal Plans

Military Going Ahead With Syria Withdrawal Plans

He was referring to statements by the senior Trump administration official, made from Israel over the weekend, promising safety for the US -allied Kurdish militias - who dominate areas in Northern Syria and whom the Turks view as terrorists - in the event of a USA military withdrawal.

To be sure, America's foreign policy in the Trumpian era is unprecedented and risky in countless ways, particularly with respect this new dynamic in which Washington's allies are not sure whether America's Commander-in-Chief, Secretary of State, Pentagon chief, or the president's top advisers genuinely speak on behalf of the U.S. government.

That threat has been made all the more real since President Donald Trump's shock announcement on December 19 to quickly withdraw all USA forces from Syria, a move met with torrents of criticism from security experts and lawmakers alike.

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

According to an assessment by Cairo-based Western diplomats following United States policy on Syria, it seems that Trump has come under considerable pressure from his European allies to rethink his plans on Syria.

"We can not accept Bolton's messages given from Israel", the Turkish president said, adding that Bolton made a "serious mistake," Reuters reported.

Pompeo also made a surprise visit to Iraq on Wednesday where he met with the prime minister. Over the past week, Bolton has acknowledged that ISIS is not yet vanquished and still has the capacity for "reviving" itself; U.S. allies in the region still require our protection; and that the withdrawal is limited to "northeastern Syria".

It is also an ally of Israel and Saudi Arabia, two of Iran's foes.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to students at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, Jan. 10, 2019. Because our leaders gravely misread our history and your historical moment.

Administration officials so far do not have a plan for what to do with the prisoners, according to a separate U.S. official, who said that few countries have been willing to accept any of their captured citizens.

What to do with hundreds of foreign so-called Islamic State (IS) fighters captured in Syria has become a critical and growing problem for the Trump administration as it prepares to pull troops out of the country. "We want to coordinate this process with Russian Federation and Iran, with which we had arranged work in the framework of the Astana process", Cavusoglu said Wednesday. Jordan, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia still have no USA ambassador.

"It's never easy to recognize truth", said the secretary of state.

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Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri said in a press statement on Tuesday that there are "things" that Syria needs to do before its reintegration in the Arab regime is secured. Sean Robertson said that the US -led coalition against ISIS in Iraq and Syria has "approved framework for the withdrawal of forces from Syria and is now engaged in executing that withdrawal".

Turkey has had trouble with a Kurdish militant group within its own borders known as the PKK.

Both Bolton and Pompeo have pushed back against reports of policy chaos and dysfunction, insisting that they are on the same page with the president and his Syria policy is consistent and coherent.

The fact that Bolton laid the demand for protection of Kurdish fighters as a condition for U.S. withdrawal from Syria sparked Erdogan's anger.

Pompeo also said that the USA had been a "force for good" in the Middle East and that "when America retreats, chaos follows".

On Dec. 19, President Donald Trump announced in a tweet that ISIS in Syria had been defeated. The Kurds control a swath of northeastern Syria, Washington's foothold in a conflict that has drawn in Russia, Iran, Turkey and other regional powers.

However, Bolton's remarks on the Kurdish matter had infuriated Ankara.

"We always do and now is the time".

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. He also criticized Washington's human rights record.

The following day, Mattis resigned, although Trump initially said he was retiring.

The Turkish official said the document did not include a timetable, but only that the pullout would be orderly.

Earlier on Thursday, Mr Pompeo met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, on the third leg of his Middle East tour.

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