US Secretary of State Pompeo meets Iraqi Speaker in Baghdad


Pompeo jetted off to reassure Middle Eastern allies rattled by Trump's sudden announcement in December that the Islamic State was defeated and that he would withdraw 2,000 US troops from Syria in 30 days.

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The US has been arming and training Kurdish militants under the banner of helping them fight Daesh, but Syria and several other countries see ulterior motives behind the deployment.

His comments come one day after Mr Erdogan lambasted the USA for suggesting that Ankara needed to guarantee the safety of Kurdish groups in Syria before Washington would withdraw its forces.

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The base, which is close to the Iraqi and Jordanian borders, is considered as a significant leverage against pro-Assad and Iranian forces in the area. But ... we won't be finally pulled out until ISIS is gone'. An appropriate disposition of those prisoners is a top priority, the official said.

"Gen. Dunford did not say this during his meetings [Tuesday] with Turkish defense officials", a Joint Staff statement said. The senior administration official said the US will defeat remaining IS fighters on the way out to prevent a resurgence and that the USA will oppose any mistreatment of opposition forces, such as the SDF, that fought with the United States against IS. Saying that it's not possible for Turkey to make concessions here, Erdogan branded Bolton's demand "a mistake". In response, Turkish officials declined to reveal the particulars of their diplomatic conversations. We've taken back the land.

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Russian military police have already started to patrol the area near Manbij town, Russian state media reported on Wednesday. "It's essential that any administration has the people in place both in Washington and overseas to implement their policies", he said.

Murat Yesiltas, the director of security studies at the Ankara-based SETA thinktank, said Manbij could be the first area where progress towards a wider resolution could be made.

He appeared to walk that back on Sunday.

But beyond these short-term considerations, Erdogan has designs in Syria. Analysts argued it would be wrong for Trump to abandon US allies the Kurds, who have been instrumental in fighting ISIS, because Turkey would likely launch an attack against them.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, second right, and his wife Susan, right, are greeted by Egypt's Assistant Foreign Minister For North and South American Affairs Reda Habeeb Ibrahim Zaki, second from left, and Charge d'Affaires for the US Embassy in Egypt, Tom Goldberger, left, as they arrive at Cairo International Airport in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

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. When he made his surprise announcement of the withdrawal three weeks ago, Trump said he wanted to complete it quickly. Asked about confusion among allies, he said: "I've actually spoken to them all".

US officials had said the two were expected to have consultations on Tuesday about the fate of Kurds allied with the Syria as part of discussions about Trump's troop draw-down.