France Reveals Terms of Its Withdrawal From Syria

Pompeo Visits Middle East to Increase Pressure on Iran

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan refused to meet with USA national security adviser John Bolton on Tuesday, while telegraphing a widening rift between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies that leaves the Trump administration's plans to withdraw troops from Syria in limbo.In a speech to parliament, Erdogan said that Bolton had made "serious mistake" in calling for a new condition for the us exit from Syria.

"Neither Bolton nor Pompeo's comments seemed particularly sensitive to Turkey's sensitivities", Ash said, "and I think Erdogan was responding to this".

The talks focused on "the security situation in Syria", the readout said, and "the deliberate, coordinated effort to withdraw US ground forces from Syria". Erdogan has pledged to launch an attack against the YPG forces despite US support for them.

"Remember, it was here in this city that another American stood before you". "He told you that radical Islamist terrorism does not stem from ideology".

The president originally said USA forces would be gone in 30 days.

In Pompeo's view, Obama's speech heralded an era of timidity, wishful thinking and "willful blindness".

Pompeo claimed the USA under Obama had been timid about asserting itself, "when the times - and our partners - demanded it", and had emboldened Iran to entrench its influence across the region. The top Middle East diplomat position also remains vacant, filled in an acting capacity by career diplomat David Satterfield.

Pompeo also said the Obama administration had failed the region during the Arab Spring revolutions. Because our leaders gravely misread our history and your historical moment.

Pompeo denounced the vision outlined by President Barack Obama in a speech he gave in Cairo in 2009 in which he spoke of "a new beginning" for USA relations with countries in the Arab and Muslim world.

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It's the latest stop in his nine-nation tour of America's Arab allies in the Middle East.

Ahead of Trump's move, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to launch another operation in Syria targeting the US-backed Syrian Kurdish militia, which Turkey regards as a terrorist group.

Like all states in the region, Turkey finds the Trump administration's Syria policies to be extremely confusing.

In 2009, Obama said: "Just as Muslims do not fit a crude stereotype, America is not the crude stereotype of a self-interested empire".

In an email exchange with the Register, Holmes cited Bassam Ishak, the president of the Syriac National Council of Syria and a diplomatic representative of the Syrian Democratic Council in the United States, as the source for her estimate of Christians living in northeastern Syria. "We were born out of revolution against an empire".

Mr Pompeo, who has been seeking to reassure allies following Mr Trump's surprise announcement, said: "America will not retreat until the terror fight is over". We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

Israel's nightmare is a unified Syrian regime, backed by Russian Federation and Iran, fortified by Turkey, eager to turn their collective attention on his Jewish state.

Pompeo downplayed the idea that the withdrawal of USA forces from Syria would give Iran the upper hand there, saying that, "In Syria, the United States will use diplomacy and work with our partners to expel every last Iranian boot, and work through the [United Nations]-led process to bring peace and stability to the long-suffering Syrian people".

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