Irrational to claim Turkey targets Kurds, Presidential Spokesperson Kalın says

Irrational to claim Turkey targets Kurds, Presidential Spokesperson Kalın says

President Donald Trump tells reporters on the South Lawn of the White House that the USA will not withdraw its troops from Syria until the Islamic State has been defeated.

Trump had previously stated that the US' sole mission in Syria - the defeat of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISL) - had been completed. The 35-year-old, who reportedly went by the alias Abu Zaid al-Ameriki, does not appear to have been one of the fighters, mainly US citizens and legal residents, who had been identified in the Program on Extremism report. "We will continue to act against the Iranian military entrenchment in Syria, including at present, and we will act against any element that undermines, or attempts to undermine, the security of Israel", Netanyahu said a government meeting, as quoted on his Twitter.

During Trump's presidency, the USA has bombed Assad's forces twice in response to alleged use of chemical weapons.

"We've got the continuing threat of Iran's quest for deliverable nuclear weapons".

The presidential spokesman said the country was going to coordinate with its allies and the countries in the region in fight against terrorism, while resolutely implementing the policies required for the national security.

"I never said we are doing it that quickly. And once that's done, then you talk about a timetable".

President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to announce a USA pull-out from Syria left many questions, chiefly whether Kurdish fighters operating in northern Syria would now be targeted by their long-time enemy Turkey.

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Despite backing from the US-led coalition and success in pushing back IS, Kurdish-led forces have at times incurred heavy losses.

A Trump administration official told reporters traveling with Bolton that the Secretary of State meant to discuss with both Israel and Turkey the pace of the pullout.

U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, the incoming chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, told ABC's "This Week" that the conditions raised by Bolton were "obvious", and Smith criticized the conflicting messages from the Trump administration.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who also met Netanyahu last week, leaves on Tuesday for an eight-day trip to Amman, Cairo, Manama, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Riyadh, Muscat, and Kuwait City.

Bolton, who will travel to Turkey on Monday, said the USA will talk to Ankara to find out what its objectives and capabilities are.

"And why it's important that all countries recognise Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights". "And I would just say to any nation, whether in this region or not in this region, that has any doubt about America's support for Israel's right to self-defense - they better think about it again".

He again urged the U.S. and other countries to recognise Israel's sovereignty over the strategic plateau it seized from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed.

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