John Bolton makes US Syria withdrawal conditional on IS defeat, Kurds safety

John Bolton is set to meet Israel's prime minister and Turkey's president during his trip

John Bolton is set to meet Israel's prime minister and Turkey's president during his trip

In Washington, Trump told reporters at the White House that "we are pulling back in Syria".

Bolton, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford and James Jeffrey, the USA special representative for Syria engagement, are scheduled to meet Turkish officials in Ankara on Tuesday. Turkey has repeatedly vowed to capture Manbij and to extend its offensive against the Kurds eastwards, but United States troops were a major obstacle. Turkey has been engaged in a 40-year conflict with the Kurds and, at times, has been accused of brutal tactics.

Turkey considers the Kurdish fighters, known as the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units or YPG, to be linked to the PKK, a Kurdish group that has waged a decades-long insurgency in southeastern Turkey. Ankara bristles at United States support for the YPG, which it has accused of ethnic cleansing and attacks on its soldiers.

Bolton is set to meet Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Turkish president Recip Tayyip Erdogan. I don't know and I'm not sure he does. "The primary point is we are going to withdraw from northeastern Syria", he said.

"Local councils in predominantly Kurdish parts of northern Syria will largely consist of the Kurdish community's representatives whilst ensuring that all other groups enjoy fair political representation".

In December 2018, Republican Senators Ted Cruz and Tom Cotton introduced a draft resolution to the Senate, which encouraged the U.S. to officially recognize the status-quo in the area.

United States National Security Adviser John Bolton started his visit to Israel on Sunday, saying the US will withdraw from Syria only after Turkey will provide assurance to safeguard Kurds.

"I'm expecting the buffer zone idea to come to the forefront during these meetings in Ankara". Jeffrey will travel from Turkey into Syria to reassure the Kurdish fighters that they are not being abandoned, Bolton said.

Bolton will seek assurances from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally that it won't attack the Kurds when the US withdraws troops from northeastern Syria. They can do a little of the fighting in their neighborhood also. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, called it a "disaster in the making" and said transferring security to Russian and Turkish forces could endanger the Kurds, as well as prospects for future alliances. "It left our coalition partners confused and our fighting partners bewildered". They could get slaughtered.

Lastly, the USA withdrawal will further entrench Russia's role as the region's powerbroker and cement Assad's diplomatic rehabilitation.

Israel and Bahrain do not have diplomatic relations, but are said to have solid clandestine ties.

Asked about the authority to maintain United States forces at al-Tanf in Syria, Bolton said: "There's plenty of legal justification about concern for the resurgence of Isis", Bolton said.

The State Department said Israel will continue to receive U.S. support in its fight against "Iranian regional actors".

Al Khalifa tweeted a 2010 photo of then-Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sporting goggles as he toured a site belonging to Iran's Atomic Energy Organization.

Ahead of talks with Israeli officials, he told reporters the pullout would be done in a way that guaranteed the Islamic State jihadist group "is defeated and is not able to revive itself and become a threat again".

Donald Trump made headlines during his March 2017 visit, by being the first sitting USA president to visit the site.

The president went on to refute reports that he had given a four-month timetable for the withdrawal, saying that it would happen over a period of time.

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