Pompeo seeks to rally Mideast allies against Iran, IS

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

But there are no easy answers.

It's unclear if he was directly addressing remarks made by Bolton over the weekend that when Erdogan wrote: "Turkey intends to cooperate and coordinate our actions with our friends and allies."While Bolton said a USA withdrawal will be contingent on whether the White House can reach an agreement with Turkey on protecting the Kurds, he also said the time American troops will remain in Syria is not unlimited - adding "the primary point is we are going to withdraw from northeastern Syria."The national security adviser's repeated caveat that the withdraw is from northeastern Syria, not Syria overall, underscores a policy shift since Trump's December 19 announcement that all American forces would leave Syria".

"As the president has stated, the USA will maintain whatever capability is necessary for operations needed to prevent IS's resurgence", the administration official said. We've taken back the land. "The United States opposes any mistreatment of opposition forces who fought with the USA against IS".

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

"Gen. Dunford did not say this during his meetings [Tuesday] with Turkish defense officials", a Joint Staff statement said.

Meanwhile, the prisoner problem is only growing worse. Such disgraceful conduct might well have serious adverse consequences the next time we try to enlist a regional force to fight terrorists.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo just began a tour of eight Middle Eastern nations to discuss the withdrawal of the American troops. National security adviser John Bolton traveled to Israel and Turkey, where he said he would seek assurances from Turkey that the Kurds would be protected and pledged that the USA would ensure that ISIS is defeated.

He then took another swipe at the 2015 Iran nuclear deal - from which the USA withdrew a year ago.

Any such offensive would likely see the YPG redirecting fighters battling the last Isil enclaves to the northern border with Turkey.

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Ankara's operation against Kurdish-led forces in Syria doesn't hinge on a USA pull-out, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has warned. Specifically, Salih said he would like to see the USA help in the reconstruction of Iraq and rebuilding the country's economy, according to a statement from his office. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to disclose the information publicly.

In a recent case of an American suspected of IS membership, USA officials wrestled for more than a year, never charged him and then ultimately released him in Bahrain.

He was speaking to reporters at the U.S. Consulate General in Erbil, Iraq.

US officials have since tempered the timeline for withdrawal, saying there isn't one, and Trump has said a drawdown would happen slowly. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis quit over it.

And numerous Trump administration´s decisions have stoked confusion and angered many regional allies.

SDF leaders threatened in recent weeks to release these prisoners because, they said, they were understaffed and due to the threat of possible Turkish attacks in the north.

"These questions are hard enough, if you know the timeline on which you're making them _ if you know what the USA involvement will or won't be over that timeline, " Geltzer said. "The (YPG's) fight with Islamic State in Syria is a huge lie".

At least 15 Houthi militants were killed attempting to launch a ballistic missile towards Saudi Arabia from Al-Tayyar district in Saada province on Wednesday, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

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