USA will boot out every Iranian from Syria, declares Mike Pompeo

Pompeo Visits Middle East to Increase Pressure on Iran

Pompeo Visits Middle East to Increase Pressure on Iran

They are meant to clarify Washington's policies in the Middle East with its regional allies and further strategic objectives that focus on the war against militant groups and the isolation of Iran.

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.

The US top diplomat criticised US President Donald Trump's predecessor Obama for being naive and timid when confronted with challenges posed by the revolts that convulsed the Middle East, including Egypt, beginning in 2011. "It did come as a surprise to many", he said.

He also said some officials in the United States administration had sought to deter Trump from the pullout plan and create "excuses" like Turkey is massacring Kurds, in reference to Pompeo's comments.

"The president's decision to withdraw our folks from Syria in no way impacts our capacity to deliver on that", he said in a joint news conference with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi.

Ahead of his visit to Saudi Arabia in the coming days, Pompeo is also expected to confirm the strength of the US alliance with Saudi Arabia, despite the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi whose murder was blamed on the powerful Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman by the US Senate.

The Saudis have often complained to the United States about the Iranian military presence in Syria.

"He told you that radical Islamist terrorism does not stem from ideology".

Pompeo made a stop in Jordan on Tuesday.

Bolton has signaled the USA will keep some troop presence in southern Syria as a deterrent to Iran even after those in the northern part of the country exit.

Last week, Trump sparked further consternation in Israel when he said that Iran "can do what they want" in Syria, appearing to give Tehran free rein to further entrench itself in the country, though he also said Iran was pulling its forces out of the country.

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". "This is not in the interest of any Arab country", the Egyptian source said. However, US officials later indicated the withdrawal could be done over the course of several months.

He met with Sisi in Ittihadeya Palace and is scheduled to hold talks with Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry before giving a keynote speech Thursday at the American University in Cairo outlining US Middle East policy.

"International law regarding the Golan Heights is clear", Safadi said.

On December 19, 2018, President Trump gave the order to withdraw all USA forces from Syria.

But Pompeo insisted the two statements were entirely consistent. Erdogan is most unlikely to attack the Kurds as long as we're present, and the cost of maintaining 2,000 troops in Syria isn't high.

The same source said that he understood Bolton to have told the Israelis that the U.S. withdrawal from Syria would be a very slow process that could undergo delays if needed.

"Bolton's remarks in Israel are not acceptable".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo just began a tour of eight Middle Eastern nations to discuss the withdrawal of the American troops.

Speaking from Ramallah earlier this week, a PA source said that nothing had changed on this matter.

At the time, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was said to have tried in vain to persuade Trump to walk back the decision, which was met with significant "disappointment" in Jerusalem, Israeli media reported.

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