Erdoğan ignores United States as he prepares assault on Kurds

Pompeo Visits Middle East to Increase Pressure on Iran

In his letter of resignation, Mattis said Trump as commander-in-chief deserved a defense secretary whose views are "better aligned" with his own.

America's Kurdish allies in Syria, now fretting over when the Trump administration will pull out the 2,000 USA troops who guarantee their safety, said Wednesday that they had apprehended an American teenager fighting with ISIS. 'With that being said, we're pulling out of Syria.

In a press conference with his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi in Amman on Tuesday afternoon, Pompeo stressed that the United States is not withholding its commitment to limit Iran's influence in the region.

Answering a question on whether he wants USA troops to stay, President Salih said: "We will need the support of the U.S". "He's an ally, he represents a friendly country", Abdul Mahdi said of Pompeo on Tuesday.

Clark was captured along with four other foreign jihadists two from Pakistan, one from Ireland and a fourth man, Zaid Abed al-Hamid, who also is believed to be from the United States, although that has not been confirmed. Erdogan refused to meet Bolton and called the national security advisor's comments a "serious mistake".

On Jan. 6, John Bolton, Trump's national security adviser, told reporters that the pullout would not begin until Washington received sufficient assurance that Turkey would not strike Kurdish forces in Syria.

Almost 10 years ago, then-President Barack Obama delivered a landmark address at Cairo University in which he said he had come to Egypt seeking "a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world".

It's not clear what will happen with the captured foreigners.

"But so much has changed during the past seven years, and today we are talking about an extensive Russian military presence in Syria, an obvious Iranian presence, and a possible Turkish military presence as well". However, US officials later indicated the withdrawal could be done over the course of several months.

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Trump's December 19th announcement that US forces would be leaving Syria left a trail of disarray in its wake.

In a statement, the National Security Action Group - an advocacy organization made up of former Obama administration officials - responded to Pompeo's criticism, writing: "That this administration feels the need, almost a decade later, to take potshots at an effort to identify common ground between the Arab world and the West speaks not only to the Trump administration's pettiness but also to its lack of a strategic vision for America's role in the region and its abdication of America's values".

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri said in a press statement on Tuesday that there are "things" that Syria needs to do before its reintegration in the Arab regime is secured.

Pompeo said that the USA was "timid" about "asserting ourselves when the times - and our partners - demanded it".

"It's time for old rivalries to end, for the sake of the greater good of the region", he said.

"I think that's an arrogant approach to the Middle East telling its people who suffered millions of casualties since America's wars in 1980".

"Bolton's remarks in Israel are not acceptable". Instead of listening to that, what the national security bureaucracy is doing is putting together a plan that depends on a forever United States presence.

Mr Pompeo warned there would be no USA reconstruction aid for areas controlled by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad until Iran and its proxies had left.

But Senate Democrats have said many nominees Trump puts forward are wholly unqualified to be ambassadors, or have backgrounds that should preclude them from confirmation-such as Christine Toretti, the ambassador nominee for Malta, who had a restraining order filed against her for "placing a bullet-riddled target sheet" in the office of her ex-husband's doctor.

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