Editor's note: This story and its headline have been corrected. "What could be on the table is an Egyptian wish to continue its mediation to resolve Palestinian divisions", said the PA source from Ramallah.
The US will work with allies to "expel every last Iranian boot" from Syria, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says. A USA withdrawal would give the Kurds incentive to move in the direction least damaging to their interests: striking a deal with the Assad regime in which the Kurds give up any hope for independence in return for some form of limited autonomy. Halbusi discussed US efforts to help Iraq "with reconstruction and investment".
While there are little doubts that ISIS was largely defeated in both Syria and Iraq, Pompeo's "99%" is probably based on some false data or he just forgot to take a look at some maps which could be easily found online. Turkey has demanded that the observation posts be removed. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis quit over it.
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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan contends the Syrian Kurds have links to Kurdish separatist forces inside Turkey that have long battled the central government.
Bolton traveled to Ankara this week to hammer out a plan to coordinate the pullout, but Erdogan, angry over Bolton's comments that the withdrawal had conditions that safeguard the Kurds, refused to meet him and instead took potshots at Trump's adviser during a speech to his party. Ford further observes that on behalf of the hawks in the U.S. administration and to guard against the "possibility of receiving yes for an answer" from the Turks regarding a promise not to bash the Kurds, U.S. special envoy on Syria James Jeffrey has the mission of dissuading the Kurds from reaching any accords with the Damascus regime or its Russian allies.
But Turkey, which considers the US-backed Syrian Kurdish YPG militia an enemy, has repeatedly vowed to crush the group and repudiated any suggestion of protecting it once USA troops leave. The announcement showcased a chaotic policymaking process in Washington, where top officials were left scrambling to reverse-engineer a coherent Syria policy.
"I want to emphasize this specifically: We are now again facing a situation that we had observed with the American administration in the past".
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Cavusoglu said Turkey would go ahead with its incursion plan.
In a rebuttal to the speech, a group of mainly former Obama administration foreign policy officials rejected Pompeo's assertions as petty and weak.
"After being so intertwined and engaged with a terrorist organization, it is not that easy to leave that terrorist organization", he added, referring to the YPG.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for regional unity against Iran on Thursday during a speech in Cairo, one of several stops on his regional tour to reassure allies following President Donald Trump's surprise announcement of a US withdrawal from Syria. He said Trump has "reversed our willful blindness" to the danger of Iran and withdrawn from the "failed nuclear deal".
The announcement shocked allies and several USA defence officials, including Defence Secretary James Mattis, resigned shortly afterwards.
Trump, who drew bipartisan criticism over his abruptly announced plan to quit Syria, said USA forces would be able to use Iraq as a base for regional operations against adversaries.
In his meeting with lower-ranking officials before departing Ankara, Bolton was informed of Turkish demands that the USA hand over its Syria bases to the Turkish military or local authorities, disarm the SDF and remove all heavy weapons from eastern Syria, according to Hurriyet and the Turkish Anadolu news agency.