Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Bolton to negotiate fate of Syria Kurds on Turkey visit

Bolton to negotiate fate of Syria Kurds on Turkey visit

The United States will pull out of Syria only with assurances Turkey will not attack Kurdish allies there, national security adviser John Bolton told reporters Sunday, according to reports.

In his announcement, Mr Trump had also declared the Islamic State group had been "defeated".

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

Second, the presence of U.S. troops in north-eastern Syria has prevented the realisation of a long-standing goal of Iranian policy: the establishment of a land bridge running from Iran, through Iraq and Syria, and into Lebanon and the Mediterranean Sea.

Trump was not specific about a time frame, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters after meeting with Trump.

The US President said: "We have defeated Isis in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency".

The holy site, which is also one of the country's major tourist attraction, is controversial and foreign officials generally avoid meeting in the area.

That announcement was met with criticism from members of both parties, and was followed by two high-profile resignations: Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Brett McGurk, the us envoy to the coalition fighting the Islamic State.

Smith said he hoped to have Mattis testify before his panel, calling the former defense secretary's views "invaluable".

Ankara sees the USA -backed YPG militia in Syria as an extension of the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Turkey and has vowed to crush it.

One Israeli intelligence source told Fox News there is a "good chance" the USA will heed the request, as quite simply "they live there, they recognize it as Israeli", and it's just a matter of the United States also making that formal recognition.

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US troops will not leave northeastern Syria until ISIL militants are defeated and American-allied Kurdish fighters are protected, a top White House aide said Sunday, signalling a pause to a withdrawal abruptly announced last month and initially expected to be completed within weeks.

He told reporters there was no timetable for a USA withdrawal from Syria but that there was not an unlimited commitment.

Ciya Kurd said Bolton, through his comments, acknowledged that Turkey was killing the Kurds and that he wants guarantees that this would not happen.

Over the course of the war, the group has gained control of the northeastern quarter of Syria that borders Turkey and Iraq.

On Tuesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will begin a week-long tour of the Middle East created to reassure allies in the region.

Two British special forces soldiers have been seriously injured in Syria in a missile attack by Islamic State (IS).

But Ankara insists that Turkey only targets Daesh and the YPG, which it sees as the offshoot of outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Bolton is set to meet Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Turkish president Recip Tayyip Erdogan.

USA military vehicles in Syria's northern city of Manbij.

Fear of a Turkish assault has prompted the Kurds to increase their engagement with the regime of Syrian President Bashar al Assad, who they see as potentially providing them protection from the Turks.

The US did this reluctantly after several attempts at arming anti-IS groups had descended into chaos.

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