USA withdrawal from Syria 'must not endanger allies'

John Bolton is set to meet Israel's prime minister and Turkey's president during his trip

"The primary point is we are going to withdraw from northeastern Syria", he said.

"We've got the continuing threat of Iran's quest for deliverable nuclear deal, and despite getting out of the Iranian nuclear deal and despite the sanctions, we have little doubt that Iran is strategically committed to achieving deliverable nuclear weapons, United States and Israel are strategically committed to making sure that doesn't happen", he said.

Trump's abrupt announcement last month that he was bringing home the roughly 2,000 troops in Syria, saying they had succeeded in their mission to defeat Islamic State there, sparked concern among officials in Washington and allies overseas and prompted Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to resign.

"We are pulling back in Syria".

"Iran hates ISIS more than we do, if that's possible", he said, using an acronym for the militants.

Bolton, who will travel to Turkey on Monday, said the United States would talk to Ankara to find out what its objectives and capabilities were.

After the announcement, Secretary of Defense James Mattis submitted in his resignation letter. Foreign allies, US lawmakers, and even Trump's top military and diplomatic officials were stunned and searching for answers.

Meanwhile, America's Kurdish allies in north-east Syria were left feeling exposed as Turkey, which regards them as terrorists, appeared poised to move against them.

Another prominent administration official has announced his departure since President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of all USA troops in Syria.

Standing next to USA national security adviser John Bolton before a working dinner in Jerusalem, Netanyahu says: "When you're there, you'll be able to understand perfectly why we'll never leave the Golan Heights, and why it's important that all countries recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights".

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"We don't think the Turks ought to undertake military action that's not fully coordinated with and agreed to by the United States at a minimum", Bolton said, "so they don't endanger our troops, but also so that they meet the president's requirement that the Syrian opposition forces that have fought with us are not endangered".

"We won't be finally pulled out until ISIS is gone", Trump said on Sunday.

Bolton said the withdrawal from Syria would not involve setting a target date, as he said Barack Obama did in Afghanistan.

On Tuesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will begin a week-long tour of the Middle East created to reassure allies in the region.

Turkey considers the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, a terrorist group linked to an insurgency within its own borders.

Ibrahim Kalın, a spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said following Bolton's remarks that any allegation that Turkey is targeting Kurds is "irrational".

Ibrahim Kalin said Turkey's focus was on the YPG and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) - which Ankara also regards as a terror group.

Turkey reportedly demands U.S. air support for any efforts against Daesh in areas along Syria's border with Iraq. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., over lunch with the president and military commanders who met with Trump during his holiday visit to the troops in Iraq.

The US did this reluctantly after several attempts at arming anti-IS groups had descended into chaos.

The move prompted the resignations of USA defence secretary Jim Mattis and top USA official Brett McGurk, as analysts and military experts said the threat posed by IS still remains.

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