Published: Thu, January 10, 2019

U.S. pullout from Syria to be done in 'prudent' way

U.S. pullout from Syria to be done in 'prudent' way

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.

Secondly, the U.S., in the non-paper, committed itself to defeating the remnants of IS and continuing to damage IS targets throughout the withdrawal period. "ISIS continues - we fight them in many regions around the country".

The Kurds there have fought alongside American troops, but Erdogan considers them terrorists. YPG is its Syrian wing.

A line of U.S. military vehicles drive through a checkpoint of the Internal Security Forces in Manbij as they head to their base on the outskirts of the northern Syrian city on December 30, 2018. Questions were also raised over the fate of Kurdish groups that have done much of the fighting alongside the United States in Syria, but now fear attacks from Turkey. But ... we won't be finally pulled out until ISIS is gone'. "At least the senior leaders in their governments do", he said then.

During that meeting, Pompeo "reaffirmed the United States steadfast support for Jordan" and "reaffirmed the United States' steadfast support" for the country, according to State Department officials.

Pompeo also said the Obama administration had failed the region during the Arab Spring revolutions. In response, Turkish officials declined to reveal the particulars of their diplomatic conversations.

European nations have been reluctant to take back citizens with ties to the Islamic State, not wanting the legal challenge of prosecuting them or the potential security risk if they are released.

This is why Turkish officials urged their counterparts to uphold the already agreed Manbij roadmap and quickly remove YPG elements from Manbij and its military council accordingly.


Russian military police have already started to patrol the area near Manbij town, Russian state media reported on Wednesday.

"Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar and the Russian defense minister held telephone talks". "The timetable flows from the policy decisions that we need to implement".

He appeared to walk that back on Sunday.

But he promised his audience that the Trump administration was ushering in a new era of USA foreign policy.

AMMAN, Jordan-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unannounced appearance in Iraq on Wednesday as part of a weeklong tour throughout the Middle East aimed at reassuring anxious USA allies and galvanizing them to take a larger role in the fight against ISIS and Iran, according to multiple US officials. Turkey's President Erdogan snubbed Bolton when he visited Ankara to make his case on Tuesday.

"Just previous year, our nations unveiled a new counterterrorism training center less than 50 miles south of where we stand even as I speak", Pompeo said.

"Turkish officials don't want to do anything that can backfire and push Trump to reverse his decision to withdraw", Yesiltas said.

"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" by the withdrawal, said Bolton, who plans to travel Tuesday to Ankara.

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