USA to expel every last Iranian boot from Syria - Pompeo

USA to expel every last Iranian boot from Syria - Pompeo

Pompeo's speech came on the third leg of a nine-nation Mideast tour aimed at reassuring America's Arab partners that the Trump administration is not walking away from the region amid confusion and concern over plans to withdraw US forces from Syria.

If confirmed, the teen would be at least the second US national held by the Kurds in Syria, among hundreds of captured foreign fighters whose fate is a major concern for USA officials trying to implement President Trump's order to withdraw American forces from the country.

Pompeo jetted off to reassure Middle Eastern allies rattled by Trump's sudden announcement in December that the Islamic State was defeated and that he would withdraw 2,000 USA troops from Syria in 30 days.

After meeting Bolton on Tuesday, Kalin also urged Washington to take back all the weapons provided to Syrian Kurdish militia forces.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to the Middle East this month to soothe nervous allies highlights a problem that has dogged the U.S. State Department since President Donald Trump took office two years ago: empty posts and depleted ranks.

Graham's remarks Wednesday came amid continued tension between Ankara and Washington over USA support for the terrorist PKK/YPG, also known as the PKK/PYD.

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A spokesman for the secretary said the two men discussed "the USA commitment to Iraq's sovereignty and territorial integrity", as well as the new Iraqi government's "efforts to deliver stability, security and prosperity to all Iraqis".

In December, Mr Trump said he was withdrawing all remaining troops because IS had been "defeated", adding "they're all coming back and they're coming back now".

He added that the United States was a "force for good" in the Middle East, adding: "Where America retreats, chaos follows".

It's also very important that as we discuss with members of the coalition, [and] other countries that have an interest, like Israel and Turkey, that we expect that those who have fought with us in Syria. particularly the Kurds [not be put in] jeopardy.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, gives a speech at the American University in Cairo, Jan. 10, 2019.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan contends the Syrian Kurds have links to Kurdish separatist forces inside Turkey that have long battled the central government. "We won't be finally pulled out, until ISIS is gone". Turkey has always been signaling of a third operation in YPG-held territory in Syria which the country sees a national threat to itself.

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Speaking from Ramallah earlier this week, a PA source said that nothing had changed on this matter. "It is not possible for us to make compromises on this point", Erdogan said Tuesday in a speech to parliament.

Bolton's words that Turkey should avoid waging military operations that are "not fully coordinated with and agreed to by the United States at a minimum, so they don't endanger our troops" strongly imply that the US-YPG partnership may continue to be a long lasting issue of contention in Ankara-Washington relations despite healthy improvements in other areas of bilateral affairs beginning in late 2018.

Sadly, if Washington ever had a weltanschauung - a grand, consistent world view - it all began to fall apart before even the first of the two envoys tapped to deliver these messages had arrived.

"If they are terrorists, we will do what is necessary no matter where they come from", Erdogan said.

However, Mr Pompeo said Mr Erdogan had given assurances over the Syrian Kurds and added that the United States withdrawal plan was intact. As recently as 5 January, US Special Forces were still conducting patrols in the SDF-controlled town of Manbij, which both the Turkey-backed Syrian opposition forces and Syrian government have recently expressed intentions to recapture.

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