Pompeo confident of U.S. deal with Turkey to protect Kurds

by Garry Watts January 14, 2019, 1:28
Pompeo confident of U.S. deal with Turkey to protect Kurds

The US-led coalition against Islamic State has begun the process of withdrawing from Syria, its spokesman said on Friday, affirming the start of a pullout that has been clouded by mixed messages from US officials.

It also provoked concerns about the safety of Kurdish forces who fought ISIS alongside the U.S.in Syria but are considered terrorists by Turkey and its president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The distinctive feature of the US military campaign in Syria is its partnership with the Kurds and Arabs who were willing to act as American proxies by fighting the Islamic State group without USA troops having to take the lead combat role. Also, U.S. troops are among 200 to 300 coalition troops at a garrison in southern Syria known as al-Tanf, where they train and accompany local Syrian opposition forces on patrols to counter the IS group.

The latest comments follow tensions between the US and Turkey over the fate of Washington's Syrian Kurdish allies in the fight against Islamic State group jihadists.

Trump's decision to withdraw all of the 2,000 United States troops from the war-torn country prompted shockwaves among USA senior officials and U.S. allies in December.

This is a developing story. However, Ankara asked for more time and for postponing the start of joint patrols in Idlib due to its inability to provide security guarantees.

Saying that they evacuated a hospital in Jinderes upon the orders of USA soldiers and being transferred into a hospital in the city center, the woman said that "they wanted us to treat wounded terrorists there".

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The People's Protection Units (YPG), which have spearheaded ground operations against IS, are a Syrian offshoot of the Kurdish PKK which has waged an insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984.

Cavusoglu's remarks followed a visit to Ankara by Trump's national security advisor John Bolton and other United States officials who met with at best an unwelcoming treatment by the Turks, including Erdogan who refused to receive them.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called his Turkish counterpart Saturday to discuss Syria, a conversation that comes at a time of increased tensions between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies over the planned US withdrawal from that country. In public statements, he had repeatedly suggested that he wanted to bring American troops back home.

"These have been folks that have fought with us and it's important that we do everything we can to ensure that those folks that fought with us are protected", Pompeo said of the Kurds while visiting Erbil, the capital of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, after talks in Baghdad.

Turkey considers the YPG a terrorist movement and has repeatedly threatened to move into Syria to create a buffer zone along the border. Trump has asserted that the IS group in Syria is defeated, but others have said a continued US military presence is necessary to prevent a resurgence of the group.

Mr Pompeo said he had spoken to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, adding: "Many details (are) still to be worked out but I'm optimistic that we can achieve a good outcome".

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