U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo attacks Iran, Obama in Cairo speech

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During his speech at the American University in Cairo, Pompeo declared that "American will not retreat until the terror fight is over", but acknowledged that President Donald Trump "has made the decision to bring our troops home from Syria".

"They (Americans) did not provide any security for any one".

Joseph Dunford met in Ankara Monday and Tuesday with his Turkish counterpart, Gen. Yasar Guler, and Defense Minister Hulusi Akar on the planned US ground troop withdrawal from Syria, according to a readout of the meeting from the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Relations between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have been rocked by turbulence in the past few years over Syria policy, USA sanctions on Iran, trade tariffs, Erdogan's warming relationship with Moscow, and the Turkish detention of an American pastor, who was released in October. He added that "ISIS is defeated militarily, but the mission is not (fully) accomplished".

"Trump has said the USA shouldn't be the policeman of the world, but we do have interests in the region that need to be considered, including the protection of Christians, and the Kurds, who were faithful allies in the fight against ISIS", said Shea.

Unquestionably, as Turkey intends to coordinate closely with Washington vis-a-vis Syria amid the planned USA military withdrawal, confusing messages from the White House will continue to unsettle Ankara.

The White House appears to have heeded his concerns, with a nudge from USA lawmakers. With a continuation of the current arrangement, observes former British ambassador to Syria Peter Ford, the Kurdish militia "will go on infuriating the Turks and the Turkish threat will not go away". Either we will never withdraw from "northeastern Syria", or we will stand by and watch our anti-ISIS allies get massacred as Turkey reneges on any security pledge they make. The announcement, which shocked USA allies and members of Trump's own administration, stemmed from a phone call with Erdogan where the Turkish leader convinced the president to withdraw and said Turkey would take over the fight against ISIS.

Pompeo said that under Obama, the USA abandoned its allies and was "timid" about asserting itself, that the U.S.

Later, speaking at a joint news conference with Shoukry in Cairo, Pompeo said that Washington remained a steadfast partner in the Middle East. So any complaining by Netanyahu's government will be grounds for not proceeding with the withdrawal.

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In addition to explaining Washington's policy on Syria and reassuring its allies, especially Saudi Arabia, that the United States is not giving up on plans to isolate Iran, Bolton and Pompeo will also give time to discuss the Palestine-Israel "situation".

The aforementioned maps reveal that United States operations took place in northeastern Syria only.

Safadi also emphasised the position of Jordan and other United States allies in the Arab world that a pending American proposal for Israeli-Palestinian peace must recognise Palestinian statehood with East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital. The White House's constant unpredictability sends shockwaves worldwide with Trump's tweets from December about the U.S. military withdrawing from Syria being a salient example.

The prospective result is an indefinite stay of the USA troops, which does not extinguish the ISIS threat and incurs the negative consequences that unwanted foreign occupations tend to incur.

Pompeo also made a surprise visit to Iraq on Wednesday where he met with the prime minister. The Kurds have played a lead role in fighting the Islamic State in both in Iraq and Syria. The previous US administration started things in the wrong direction when it excluded Iran from participation in a UN-sponsored peace conference on Syria five years ago, on grounds that Iran would not accept a precondition about creating a transitional Syria government.

The Trump administration encountered similar pushback elsewhere on Tuesday, as USA allies pressed their own priorities.

Karasik said he believed that energy issues were "another important facet of the visit" along with discussions over the sanctions regime (regarding Iran) and the "logistic flow of oil in the region and protection of that flow".

What to do with hundreds of foreign so-called Islamic State (IS) fighters captured in Syria has become a critical and growing problem for the Trump administration as it prepares to pull troops out of the country.

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