Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Trump doubles down on Syria pullout: 'Stop the endless wars!'

Trump doubles down on Syria pullout: 'Stop the endless wars!'

In a separate tweet, Trump also warned the Kurds against provoking Turkey.

However, Bolton later said that the U.S.' withdrawal would be subject to defeating Daesh remnants, and Turkey assuring the safety of fighters allied with the US, i.e. the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is dominated by the YPG.

He added Turkey will not seek permission from anyone on its fight against terrorist organizations.

Pompeo had earlier said Washington recognized "the Turkish people's right and (Turkish President Recep Tayyip) Erdogan's right to defend their country from terrorists".

Mr Pompeo said the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria was a "tactical change" but the mission to destroy Islamic State and counter Iran's influence remained the same.

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Trump unexpectedly announced last month that US forces would be leaving Syria, causing confusion and concern among USA allies.

What has Mike Pompeo said?

"If the (pullout) is put off with ridiculous excuses like Turks are massacring Kurds, which do not reflect the reality, we will implement this decision", Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday, adding that the fight against the YPG does not depend on "anybody's permission". "We also benefit but it is now time to bring our troops back home".

Pompeo discussed latest developments in Syria during a phone call with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on January 12.

Mr Khashoggi, a critic of Saudi Arabia's rulers, was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul three months ago.

"We have no problems with our Kurdish brothers, Arab brothers in Syria, Turkmens and other ethnic and religious groups".

About 2,000 U.S. military personnel are reported to be deployed in northern Syria. Since 2015, Russian forces have been supporting the Syrian army in its fight against terrorism.

In December 2018, Trump declared victory over Daesh additionally claiming that he would withdraw some 2,000 U.S. troops now deployed in the war-torn Middle Eastern nation.

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