Erdogan threats against Kurds will not stop Syria withdrawal, Pompeo says

Erdogan threats against Kurds will not stop Syria withdrawal, Pompeo says

Almost 10 years ago, then-President Barack Obama delivered a landmark address at Cairo University in which he said he had come to Egypt seeking "a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world".

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.

Turkish officials had a tense meeting this week with Trump's national security adviser John Bolton in Ankara aimed at coordinating the pullout process.

The Turkish foreign minister's remarks came a day after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan rebuffed Bolton and refused a meeting.

He added that the USA was facing challenges as it attempted to end involvement with the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militant group because it was too engaged. "Back on planet earth, they will see it for what it is: a self-congratulatory, delusional depiction of the Trump administration's Middle East policy". But thousands returned to help the Baghdad government fight Islamic State, after the jihadist group seized swaths of the country in 2013 and 2014. Netanyahu could only be delighted.

Meanwhile, Russia, which has backed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the seven-year war, may seek to exploit the confusion created by the bickering between Turkey and the United States.

None of this was very well-received in Ankara, Bolton's next stop.

"President Trump has reversed our willful blindness to the danger of the regime and withdrew from the failed nuclear deal, with its false promises", Pompeo said.

"This matters because SDF holds hundreds of IS fighters, including many European citizens, and they might go free if no solution is found", said Bobby Chesney, a national security law expert at the University of Texas.

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Images of a policeman beating several protesters in the southern city of Toulon last Saturday have also been widely condemned. Leetchi initially defended its hosting of the fundraising, saying that as a platform it was required to remain "neutral".

Last December, Trump announced plans to withdraw all USA troops from Syria, claiming that American forces had defeated Daesh there. Turkey's rock-ribbed position is nearly utterly antithetical to anything the Israelis might want to hear.

The latter is undoubtedly a gesture to Netanyahu, who would have to ensure that a pullout of American forces and allies in southern Syria didn't give Iran a foothold from which to launch attacks on Israel. "We're going to withdraw our 2,000 soldiers from Syria-but the mission, the objective for which we have been involved for the 24 months in the administration, remains in full".

The United States now has no ambassador to Turkey.

During a brief photo opportunity, Pompeo was chatting with the monarch, mentioning a speech by President Trump, to be delivered from the Oval Office later Tuesday.

Obama pledged engagement with Iran and an understanding of the need for freedom and democracy that led to the Arab Spring revolutions.

Mr Bolton has talks for roughly two hours with Ibrahim Kalin, his Turkish counterpart, and other senior officials at Ankara's presidency complex but was snubbed by Mr Erdoğan himself, reflecting just how at odds the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners are on the issue.

Pompeo also made a surprise visit to Iraq on Wednesday where he met with the prime minister. But in Saudi Arabia, he faces the thorny problem of dealing with global outrage against Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, accused of conspiring to murder a political enemy, Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

According to the diplomats, many Arab capitals, especially Saudi Arabia which has been funding the U.S. troop presence, will not want a situation that could allow for a wider Iranian presence in Syria.

Pompeo is meeting with US allies in the region, including stops in Jordan, Egypt and several Gulf nations, to coordinate an anti-Iran campaign. His real failure was not following through in any clear fashion.

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