Pompeo Makes Surprise Appearance in Iraq in Bid to Stoke ISIS Fight

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

But there are no easy answers.

Turkey and the United States are at loggerheads over the future of Syrian Kurdish forces after US President Donald Trump made a surprise announcement last month to pull out 2,000 troops from Syria.

The Kurds there have fought alongside American troops, but Erdogan considers them terrorists.

Turkish officials expect that the withdrawal will take place in 120 days, and during this time, according to the source, U.S. officials need to show some goodwill to satisfy Turkish concerns. Jordan, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia still have no USA ambassador.

"It's one thing for the government to be very confident that an individual joined or tried to join ISIS".

Responding to Mr Erdoğan's threats, a top Syrian Kurdish official said his fighters were prepared to confront Turkish forces if they enter north-eastern Syria.

Meanwhile, the prisoner problem is only growing worse. Most of the United States soldiers are there to train local forces fighting the hardcore-Islamist IS.

Pompeo went on with his speech by ascribing Middle Eastern chaos, violence and oppression to the Obama Administration's timidity and inaction. Bolton has been seeking assurances that Turkey wouldn't attack Washington's Syrian Kurdish allies after American forces depart.He said that Turkey would never compromise on the issue of the YPG Kurdish militia, which the us has backed in the fight against the Islamic State in Syria.

Iraqi political analyst Hazem al-Shammari told Al-Arabiya TV that Iraqi leaders are caught between US and Iranian wishes, given that Iran has called on the U.S.to withdraw its troops completely from Iraq.


Currently, about 2,000 USA forces are in Syria, which is in the grips of a complex civil war.

Administration officials so far do not have a plan for what to do with the prisoners, according to a separate US official, who said that few countries have been willing to accept any of their captured citizens. They have also paved the way for the formation of a constitutional committee.

Since then, U.S. officials have appeared to row back slightly on the decision.

A meeting between Bolton and Erdogan was never confirmed, a US official said, but administration officials had said one was expected.Speaking before Erdogan's remarks to parliament, Marquis said Bolton and Kalin had "a productive discussion" and had "identified further issues for dialogue."Bolton's comments about Turkey over the weekend during an interview with reporters traveling with him in Israel had drawn criticism from Turkish officials".

Our President said we will enter east of Euphrates and start this operation before this decision was taken. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis quit over it.

More recently, Trump and other administration officials have insisted they favor an orderly pullout. "At least the senior leaders in their governments do", he said then.

"These questions are hard enough, if you know the timeline on which you're making them _ if you know what the US involvement will or won't be over that timeline, " Geltzer said.

YPG fighters shut down a terrorist cell consisting of two United States citizens, two Pakistani nationals, and a man from Dublin, according to reports.

Ahead of his visit to Saudi Arabia in the coming days, Pompeo is also expected to confirm the strength of the US alliance with Saudi Arabia, despite the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi whose murder was blamed on the powerful Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman by the US Senate.

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