Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Turkey to attack Syrian Kurds even if USA doesn't withdraw: FM

Turkey to attack Syrian Kurds even if USA doesn't withdraw: FM

Trump's December 19th announcement that USA forces would be leaving Syria left a trail of disarray in its wake. "We will decide on its timing and we will not receive permission from anyone".

In his June 2009 speech at Cairo University, Obama called for better mutual understanding between the Islamic world and the West and said both should do more to confront violent extremism.

A senior administration official said Erdogan's comments did not reflect U.S. President Donald Trump's understanding of his December 23 conversation with the Turkish leader, days after he announced his intent to withdraw American troops from northeastern Syria.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan denounced visiting US National Security Adviser John Bolton on Tuesday for suggesting that protecting the Kurds would be a pre-condition of the US withdrawal, a suggestion Erdogan called "a serious mistake".

Kurdish forces fighting in Syria said Wednesday they have captured eight fighters from the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) and that one is a USA citizen.

His speech which began with "America is a force of good in the Middle East" marks a departure from Obama who started his humble speech with an apology, Bishara said.

"So today what did we learn from all of this?"

United States flip-flopping on its Middle East policy shows a severe lack of understanding of the region and negligence for its allies' national security interests.

"Whenever/wherever United States interferes, chaos, repression and resentment follow", Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter. For his part, Erdogan said this week Turkey would do "what's necessary" to fight terrorism and warned a Turkish offensive could come "at any moment".

The Al Jazeera analyst added that Pompeo is "pushing Arab leaders to normalise relations with Israel while it is and continues to be an occupying power".

Chinese giant whacks marketing drones for tweeting from iPhone
As suspected, the tweet in question was posted by a marketing agency Huawei hired to handle its social media accounts overseas. Beyond that, the salary of Huawei's digital marketing director has been frozen for the next year.

In Ankara, which has already protested against the statements made by U.S. officials on the Kurds, Bolton was expected to discuss guarantees that Turkey would not start military operations in Syrian territory to eliminate the Kurdish militant units.

In remarks aimed at Obama's support for the Iran nuclear deal, but which could also be applied to the withdrawal from Syria, Pompeo said: "When America retreats, chaos follows".

Russian jets have been targeting positions held by terror outfits inside Syria since September 2015 while Iran has been offering military advisory assistance to the Syrian army.

Some downplayed the fallout from a USA troop drawdown, arguing that American forces were relatively small in number and far from "Christian areas", said the source, who spoke off the record because of the sensitivity of the issue and the need to minimize friction between Christian institutions and the Assad government.

"Whenever/wherever USA interferes, chaos, repression & resentment follow", Zarif wrote on Twitter.

Casting Iran as a "cancerous influence", Pompeo said the U.S. had "reimposed sanctions that should never have been lifted". "Best for the United States to just get over loss of Iran".

It was just about 10 years ago when Obama gave his "new beginning" speech in Cairo, promising a new relationship between America and the Muslim world.

During his address, the secretary applauded Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's efforts to promote religious freedom and encouraged him "to unleash the creative energies of Egypt's people, unfetter the economy, and promote a free and open exchange of ideas". The US State Department did not immediately comment on reports of Pompeo's visit to Iraq.

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. While the Trump administration has sanctioned Saudi officials for their alleged role in the murder, Trump has continued to defend Saudi leadership.

Like this: