Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

US, Turkey set for negotiations on fate of Kurds

US, Turkey set for negotiations on fate of Kurds

Trump wants to pull 2,000 USA troops out of Syria, where Iran and Hezbollah have propped up Assad during Syria's seven-year civil war, which is winding down.

Netanyahu met with John Bolton on Sunday where he publicly asked the USA national security advisor for the United States to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

"We don't think the Turks ought to undertake military action that's not fully coordinated with and agreed to by the US", Bolton said regarding the concerns that Turkey may launch a military offensive against the YPG once the American forces pull out. How seriously we should take it remains to be seen.

The State Department said Israel will continue to receive USA support in its fight against "Iranian regional actors". "Period", a former USA official, speaking not for attribution, told Al-Monitor.

Kurdish officials have held conversations with Moscow and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government about protection.

"That a terror organisation can not be allied with the USA is self-evident", he said in a statement carried by Turkey's Anadolu news agency.

"The president is not ambiguous with respect to Syria". "We'll continue to achieve those outcomes". After fierce criticism from members of his administration, Trump seems to have backtracked, saying there is now no timeline for such a withdrawal.

"We have won against ISIS".

The timetable for this withdrawal was initially 30 days, which the traditionally hawkish Washington commentariat criticized as a reckless gift to Russian President Vladimir Putin and other American rivals in the region.

Turkish National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar also slammed Bolton's comments on Monday saying, "The fight of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) is not against our Kurdish brothers with whom we have shared the same geography and the same bread for centuries". An NSC official, in turn, responded to questions by pointing to Trump's tweet.

"We now have the best US-Israeli relationship in our history", Bolton said during the joint press conference with Netanyahu.

All of this stands in marked contrast to statements from Trump himself. "Leave and it's chaos vs. stay in a different way and things will be fine".

Speaking to The Associated Press from northern Syria Monday, Badran Ciya Kurd said the Kurds have not been informed of any change in the USA position and were in the dark about the latest comments by US national security adviser John Bolton and what they indicated. "This suggests United States forces will be gone in 2019".

Bolton on Sunday said the USA guidance to the Kurds is "stand fast now".

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Over the course of the war, the group has gained control of the northeastern quarter of Syria that borders Turkey and Iraq.

Days after blasting the planned withdrawal, Graham changed his tune after a lunch with Trump, saying he felt the USA was "slowing things down in a smart way" after military commanders informed Trump that the Islamic State had not been vanquished - an assertion he called an "eye-opening" revelation for the commander in chief.

Bolton's clarification follows a backlash from U.S. lawmakers and other nations that the Kurds' fate was left in doubt by Trump's surprise announcement last month that he would quickly withdraw.

"If we leave now the Kurds will get in a fight with Turkey".

"Bolton did not go rogue", Miller added.

Those comments marked the first public confirmation that the drawdown has been slowed since Trump's announcement in mid-December. The Americans are said to be concerned that China will use the port to improve its standing in the Middle East and potentially gather intelligence on United States interests.

However, speaking on Sunday before leaving for his Camp David retreat, he told reporters: "We're going to be removing our troops".

Bolton said on Sunday that "the timetable flows from the policy decisions that we need to implement". "But we're decimating ISIS".

The withdrawal will be contingent on assurances from Turkey that they won't slaughter the Kurds, the development of an exit strategy that prevents Iran from gaining more regional influence, defense of regional US allies, and prevention of any future resurgence of ISIS.

With the protective trip-wire presence of the United States withdrawn, Turkey may now act more freely to dismantle the nascent Kurdish state in Syria.

The US will give a green light to some type of Turkish operation in Syria, just maybe not to the extent that Turkey wants, according to Erim, who reiterated recent debates about a 40-mile buffer zone into Syria.

However, as Columbus points out, Trump on December 20th tweeted out that he wanted to let other countries in the region battle with ISIS rather than continue USA involvement.

All that said, statements from Bolton or Pompeo should not be read as definitive US policy, but rather as what they want USA policy to be. "I said: 'Nope. You can't have any more time". "John Bolton is doing a great job, and Mike Pompeo is doing a great job".

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