Pompeo vows U.S. troops will leave Syria

Pompeo vows U.S. troops will leave Syria

Pompeo insisted the two statements were entirely consistent.

The US, along with Turkey, Gulf Arab states, and Jordan, has been supporting some rebel groups.

The comments drew the ire of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who called the comments "a serious mistake" on Tuesday.

The central question is how a vast and consistent regional policy can even be attempted when multiple, at times quite disparate, voices are telling their interlocutors simply what they want to hear in the wake of their president spreading vastly different ideas. "He told you that 9/11 (the September 11, 2001, al Qaeda attacks on the United States) led my country to abandon its ideals, particularly in the Middle East", Pompeo said. Part of the problem for the ISIS fighters' home countries are the legal ramifications of holding citizens who were picked up on the battlefield - and how to prosecute them.

His comments come one day after Mr Erdogan lambasted the United States for suggesting that Ankara needed to guarantee the safety of Kurdish groups in Syria before Washington would withdraw its forces.

His speech emphasized America as a force for good in the region. Netanyahu could only be delighted.

The official said: "The US will cooperate with Turkey and other coalition members on continuing [anti-IS] operations and de-conflicting the airspace over northeast Syria".

Everyone's slowing their roll now, and with Bolton heading to Ankara, that roll will come to a complete stop.

"We can not accept the message Bolton gave from Israel, we can not be deceived by it", Erdogan said on Tuesday, referencing the national security adviser's comments about seeking protections for the Kurds. Erdogan was particularly irate over Bolton's comment that U.S. forces would not be leaving without some assurances of protection for the Kurds, whom Erdogan has branded as terrorists and threatened to snuff out.

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President Trump last month announced that he would pull out the 2,000 United States troops in Syria, a controversial decision that led to the resignation of Defense Secretary James Mattis, who wrote that the commander-in-chief was abandoning U.S. allies. Turkey's rock-ribbed position is nearly utterly antithetical to anything the Israelis might want to hear.

The two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies are at loggerheads over the Syria conflict, including the withdrawal of American forces from the Arab country.

What is the US's approach to Syria?

The SDF is mostly supported by the United States.

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

"Remember: It was here, here in this very city, another American stood before you", Mr Pompeo told an audience of Egyptian officials, foreign diplomats and students at the American University of Cairo on Thursday.

Pompeo also said the Obama administration had failed the region during the Arab Spring revolutions.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (C) is received by Iraq's Parliament Speaker Mohamed al-Halbusi (2nd-R) in Baghdad. His easy mission will be to persuade these nations that the Trump administration remains committed to neutralizing Iran.

Pompeo claimed the U.S. under Obama had been timid about asserting itself, "when the times - and our partners - demanded it", and had emboldened Iran to entrench its influence across the region. Jordan, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia still have no US ambassador.

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