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Bolton warns Syria against use of chemical weapons

Bolton warns Syria against use of chemical weapons

Last month USA president Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of around 2,000 soldiers from Syria, deployed to support the SDF, claiming Daesh had been defeated.

Joost Hiltermann, Middle East and North Africa Program Director for the International Crisis Group, said the latest United States move showed a lack of "coherent policy" on the Middle East.

Bolton's comments were the first public confirmation that the drawdown has been slowed.

The Trump administration is expected to withdraw all of the approximately 2,000 American troops from Syria.

Trump echoed that sentiment in comments to reporters on the White House lawn Sunday. "And it is concerned that Iranian backed militias will benefit from that situation", Dekker said, noting Israel has carried out scores of air raids inside Syria targeting suspected Iranian arms transfers to Hezbollah.

Kurdish-led forces control a large swathe of Syria's north and northeast, some of it seized from the Islamic State group.

Less than a week ago, the US State Secretary Mike Pompeo also reaffirmed to Netanyahu that the US would still stand by Israel's side and its commitment to the "protection" of the Jewish State remains unchanged despite its planned pullout from the neighboring Syria.

Ahead of his visit to Ankara, Bolton said Sunday that US military withdrawal from northeastern Syria is conditioned on Turkey assuring the safety of the YPG fighters.

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"The recent decision by the president came as a shock and was a complete reversal of policy that was articulated to us", McGurk wrote in an email to colleagues obtained by The New York Times.

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. "I think they know who their friends are", he added, speaking of the Kurds.

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

Asked whether a United States withdrawal would not take place in Syria until Turkey guaranteed the Kurdish fighters would be safe, Bolton said, "Basically, that's right".

"To argue that a terrorist organization represents Kurds is, above all, disrespectful to our Kurdish brothers", Kalın said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's principle that "we will be both on the ground and at the table" clearly explains that both military and diplomatic means are always open for the national interests, Kalin said.

"There are objectives that we want to accomplish that condition the withdrawal", Bolton told reporters in Jerusalem. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. He told CBS' "Face the Nation" that "the bottom line here is we want to make sure we get this right, that ISIS doesn't come back".