Turkey’s Erdogan blasts John Bolton over ‘unacceptable’ comments on Syrian Kurdish militia

Turkey’s Erdogan blasts John Bolton over ‘unacceptable’ comments on Syrian Kurdish militia

Turkey’s Erdogan blasts John Bolton over ‘unacceptable’ comments on Syrian Kurdish militia

Trump initially said it would be immediate, which alarmed his advisors and drove Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis to resign.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delayed an offensive against the YPG after a December 14 phone call with Trump when the U.S. president told him he would withdraw some 2,200 USA special forces and invited Turkey to take over the fight against the Islamic State. SDF commanders have warned that they will be unable to hold the 700 prisoners if Turkish forces invade Syria following a USA withdrawal.

As the issue of Iran's funding of terrorism-which has grown since it received millions of dollars in cash windfalls as a result of the now-defunct nuclear agreement-continues to plague USA leaders and Arab countries, Tehran is signaling that its investment in these terror groups such as Lebanese Hezbollah has provided them with the military capability to destroy the Jewish state.

There were challenges from the moment US ational Security Adviser John Bolton landed in Jerusalem on Sunday, especially as he headed onward to Ankara, while US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began his eight-nation tour on Tuesday.

Answering a question on whether he wants USA troops to stay, President Salih said: "We will need the support of the U.S".

Joop Koopman, a spokesman for Aid to the Church in Need, said that the agency's sources placed the number of Christians in the area at about 30,000, with "120,000 Christian families registered in Syrian churches" across the country.

Pompeo is traveling from January 7 to 15 to Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Kuwait.

The United States and Egypt enjoy warm ties under the Trump administration.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan contends the Syrian Kurds have links to Kurdish separatist forces inside Turkey that have long battled the central government.

It's not clear what will happen with the captured foreigners. The Turkish strong man obviously understands it, or he wouldn't have treated Bolton as he did. "We will do that", Pompeo told a joint press conference in Cairo with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry. However, US officials later indicated the withdrawal could be done over the course of several months.

He and other administration officials have worked to slow Trump's order to remove US forces and to reassure allies like Israel of America's commitment to the region, The Times reported.

In Jerusalem on Monday, Bolton listed pre-withdrawal "objectives" - including the final defeat of Islamic State and protection of Kurdish allies - that went well beyond Trump's simple assertion that USA forces were heading home from Syria.

Identifying as an evangelical Christian, Pompeo lauded the UAE's recognition of Israel at a judo competition late last year, a move he said had been two years in the making.

USA lawmakers on both sides of the partisan divide accused the president of quitting the fight to vanquish ISIS before it had been won.

National Security Council spokesman Garrett Marquis said USA officials were told Erdogan cited local election season and a speech to parliament for not meeting with Bolton.

Israeli officials have confirmed this information in recent remarks warning of Hezbollah's massive array of armaments on Israel's northern border.

Instead, Erdogan went on television and chastised America's national security adviser.

"It revealed a woeful gap between Trump's promises and the means he is using to achieve them; the same mistake Obama made in his Cairo speech 10 years ago", Indyk said on Twitter.

"Neither Bolton nor Pompeo's comments seemed particularly sensitive to Turkey's sensitivities", Ash said, "and I think Erdogan was responding to this".

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