Kurdish official asks for United States clarifications over withdrawal

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"The timetable flows from the policy decisions that we need to implement".

The YPG has indicated that it might seek a deal with Damascus after the USA forces have gone.

The remark came in contrast to the president's statement from December 19., when he said the withdrawal would happen quickly and that the US had defeated ISIS.

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Turkey, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, considers them terrorists and has vowed to drive them out of the northeastern Syrian territory seized from the militants as soon as the Americans leave.

"And to make sure that the defense of Israel and our other friends in the region is absolutely assured, and to take care of those who have fought with us against ISIS and other terrorist groups".

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A senior Kurdish official said Monday that Syria's Kurds are awaiting clarifications from the U.S. Speaking to The Associated Press from northern Syria Monday, Badran Ciya Kurd said the Kurds have not been informed of any change in the U.S. position and were in the dark about Bolton's latest comments.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the same argument, as did Sen.

But Trump appeared to indicate Sunday that Iran and Russian Federation, whose forces in Syria back Assad, were potential USA allies against the Islamic State. "I never said we're doing it that quickly". "The primary point is we are going to withdraw from northeastern Syria", he said.

"We don't think the Turks ought to undertake military action that's not fully coordinated with and agreed to by the United States", he said.

Even after Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis resigned over the decision, two of President Donald Trump's top advisers have offered different messages about his intentions for a Syria withdrawal. "We won", Trump said.

Over the intervening years the number of United States troops in Syria has increased, and a network of bases and airfields has been established in an arc across the north-eastern part of the country.

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But the announcement was the latest in a series of dizzying statements made by senior Administration officials since Trump abruptly announced on December 19 that all 2,000 ground troops now stationed in Syria would be immediately coming home.

During a Christmas visit to troops in Iraq, Trump said he would deny any request from the military to extend the mission in Syria.

In a video posted on Twitter declaring the US had "beaten" ISIS, Trump said: "Our boys, our young women, our men - they're all coming back, and they're coming back now". "I said: 'Nope. You can't have any more time".

Regional experts who consult with members of the USA government said there were signs that Bolton and Pompeo were not on the same page. "We've knocked them silly".

Kurdish news outlet Rudaw reported that the British soldiers were hurt in an attack on a Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) base in the town of Deir al-Zour, which also left a Kurdish fighter dead. Over the past week, Bolton has acknowledged that ISIS is not yet vanquished and still has the capacity for "reviving" itself; USA allies in the region still require our protection; and that the withdrawal is limited to "northeastern Syria".

US National Security Advisor John Bolton, Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. and James Jeffrey, a US special representative for Syria and the anti-Daesh coalition, will hold talks with Turkish officials in Ankara. Want to guess which way our Kurdish allies are betting?

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