U.S. withdrawal from Syria 'must not endanger allies'

U.S. withdrawal from Syria 'must not endanger allies'

U.S. withdrawal from Syria 'must not endanger allies'

Bolton, on a visit to Israel Sunday, said U.S. troops will not leave northeastern Syria until IS militants are defeated and American-allied Kurdish fighters are protected.

President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to announce a US pullout from Syria left many questions open, chiefly whether Kurdish fighters who had been operating in northern Syria alongside USA forces would now be attacked by their long-time enemy, Turkey.

Those meetings will follow talks, also focusing on Syria, that Bolton is holding in Israel, where he said the US pullout was conditional on Turkish guarantees in regard to USA -backed Kurdish fighters.

He said the president was committed to making sure Turkey did not clash with the USA -backed Kurdish YPG forces once US troops leave Syria.

On Sunday, a spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said it was "irrational" to suggest Turkey targeted Kurds.

World leaders and American lawmakers, including some of Trump's fellow Republicans, decried the decision and warned of a power vacuum forming in the absence of USA troops. Sen.

Trump also commented Sunday on the timing of the withdrawal.

The militia's attempt to engage with the Syria regime after years of fighting indicated a shift in strategic priorities, experts said. When asked whether Bolton's comments would affect that timeline, a senior administration official said that "there is no specific timeline for the withdrawal of US troops from Syria, and reports to the contrary are false".

When he first announced the move in the middle of December, he said: "They're all coming back and they're coming back now".

Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have stated repeatedly in recent months that driving Iran from Syria was also an objective for the United States and Israel. "Moreover, unlike the issue of Jerusalem, the Golan wouldn't be part of any future Israel-Palestinian peace agreement, making US recognition of Israeli sovereignty much more straightforward than any issue involving Jerusalem or other territories like the West Bank". The US partnership with the Kurdish-led Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) is credited with playing a major role in the demise of IS.

"Russia, Iran, Syria and many others are not happy about the USA leaving... because they will have to fight ISIS... without us", Trump wrote.

"That a terror organisation can not be allied with the United States is self-evident", he said in a statement carried by Turkey's Anadolu news agency. However, speaking on Sunday before leaving for his Camp David retreat, he told reporters: "We are pulling back".

Bolton echoed America.'s strong alliance with Israel, saying that the Trump administration has exemplified "the best U.S. -Israel relationship in our history".

Kevin Lamarque/REUTERS/NewscomPresident Donald Trump's abrupt announcement in late December that the United States would be ending its involvement in Syria's long-running, bloody civil war received cheers from non-interventionists, but subsequent comments from senior administration officials have cast doubt on the chances that USA troops will be out of the country anytime soon.

Russian Federation and Iran back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Netanyahu also noted that the United States has also backed Israel's right to defend herself, "which we exercise constantly", he said.

"The danger, I think, is that in the absence of a hard plan, you get competing fiefdoms", Stein added.

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