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Pompeo vows United States troops will leave Syria
10 January 2019, 09:25 | Glen Norman
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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 USA forces from Syria.
But Pompeo's effort at damage control was in part overshadowed by Bolton's rocky visit to Turkey, where he angered Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan by walking back Trump's off-the-cuff Syria policy.
"There are objectives that we want to accomplish that condition the withdrawal", Bolton told reporters in Jerusalem.
More recently, Trump and other administration officials have insisted they favor an orderly pullout.
Pompeo explained the mechanism of the American exit from Syria and said the Kurdistan Region's position is important to the United States, according to the statement.
Mr Trump, in a tweet before Christmas, had declared Isil defeated and said 2,000 or so American troops would be returning home as soon as possible. Netanyahu could only be delighted.
Iran, Russia and Turkey act as the guarantors of an all-out ceasefire regime in Syria.
Everyone's slowing their roll now, and with Bolton heading to Ankara, that roll will come to a complete stop.
Those attending the meeting with Bolton included General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest-ranking officer in the United States military and the principal military adviser to Trump and senior officials, and James Jeffrey, the U.S. special envoy to the anti-IS coalition. Erdogan was particularly irate over Bolton's comment that USA forces would not be leaving without some assurances of protection for the Kurds, whom Erdogan has branded as terrorists and threatened to snuff out.
Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on a visit to Ankara that the USA forward observation posts would remain indefinitely, despite President Trump's order to pull out the 2,000 American troops stationed inside Syria in the near future. Turkey's rock-ribbed position is nearly utterly antithetical to anything the Israelis might want to hear. "He told you 9/11 led my country to abandon its ideals, particularly in the Middle East", Pompeo said.
In a stark reminder of the lingering threat, a war monitor reported that the jihadists had killed 23 US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters in a counterattack in eastern Syria on Monday aimed at defending their last bastion. "Jordan and Turkey have hosted millions of Syrians fleeing violence".
"You'll see in the coming days and weeks we are redoubling all our diplomatic and commercial efforts to put real pressure on Iran", he said at a news conference with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi.
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The State Department advises Americans not to travel to Iran "due to the risk of arbitrary arrest and detention". The New York Times noted that Iran did not acknowledge the arrest of Wang until July 2017.
Sustaining a regional coalition to counter Iran, the main enemy of United States allies Saudi Arabia and Israel, is a major focus of Pompeo's tour of eight Arab capitals in as many days.
In Baghdad, Pompeo met Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Hakim, Speaker of Parliament Mohammed al-Halbousi and President Barham Salih. His easy mission will be to persuade these nations that the Trump administration remains committed to neutralizing Iran.
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The Al Jazeera analyst added that Pompeo is "pushing Arab leaders to normalise relations with Israel while it is and continues to be an occupying power".
The source also said Bolton had inquired about the state of negotiations between Turkey and Russian Federation over the post-US withdrawal.
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