Turkey hails Pompeo comments over defence against 'terrorists'

US soldiers gather for a brief during a combined joint patrol rehearsal in Manbij Syria

US soldiers gather for a brief during a combined joint patrol rehearsal in Manbij Syria

On December 19, Trump said he had ordered the withdrawal of all United States forces in Syria, which are believed to number around 2,000.

"Will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds", Trump continued. A Kurdish delegation is expected to visit Cairo soon. The Kurds have also been in contact with Russian Federation.

Residents near border-crossing points typically used by USA forces moving in and out of Syria from Iraq told Reuters they had seen no obvious or large-scale movements following Friday's announcement.

Turkey insists its military actions are aimed at Kurdish fighters in Syria - the Syrian Kurdish Peoples Protection Units, or YPG - whom it regards as terrorists, and not against the Kurdish people.

The US decision has injected new uncertainty into the eight-year-long Syrian war and spurred a flurry of contacts over how a resulting security vacuum will be filled across a swathe of northern and eastern Syria where the US forces are stationed. Once the troops are gone, the US will have ended three years of organizing, arming, advising and providing air cover for Syrian, Kurdish and Arab fighters in an open-ended campaign devised by the Obama administration to deal the IS group a lasting defeat.

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"We're going to be discussing the president's decision to withdraw, but to do so from northeast Syria in a way that makes sure that ISIS is defeated and is not able to revive itself and become a threat again", Bolton said when meeting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. Ankara, meanwhile, said January 9 that it won't be deterred from pursuing the Kurds if it feels threatened. "We don't take orders from Bolton".

When Pompeo said earlier this month that the US wants to ensure "the Turks don't slaughter the Kurds", Turkey denounced Pompeo, saying he exhibited "a worrying lack of information".

The Syrian regime, however, has merely offered Kurds expanded local administration in Kurdish areas. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

He added, "If there are other terrorists who would attempt to intervene in our intervention, then it is our duty to eliminate them as well".

Egypt is accepted as an impartial mediator by all the warring parties except Turkey and has mediated temporary cease-fires in Syria in the past.

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In response, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan rebuffed the comments, calling them a "serious mistake".

PKK is a Kurdish underground operating inside Turkey, YPG is a defensive army in Syria, and the Turks are not interested in these distinctions.

However, after talks with US President Donald Trump, who informed the Turkish counterpart of the US troops withdrawal from Syria, Erdogan shelved its plans, saying that the offensive would be launched only after the complete pullout of the US forces.

Damascus has previously stated its opposition to the kind of federal state sought by the main Kurdish groups.

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