Bolton: US Withdrawal from Syria Linked to Defeat of ISIS Remnants

Turkey considers the Kurdish paramilitary forces in Syria their enemies and prepares an operation against them by bringing the military equipment to the border.

Those conditions, he said, included the defeat of remnants of IS in Syria, and protections for Kurdish militias who have fought alongside U.S. troops against the extremist group.

"Israel insists on continuing its efforts aimed at undermining the Iranian military's repositioning in Syria", Netanyahu said, according to the statement.

After Trump announced his withdrawal plan, Turkey began to deploy military vehicles and troops close to a northwest Syrian town that it has long sought to capture, Bloomberg reports.

President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to announce a USA pullout from Syria left many questions, including whether Kurdish fighters who had been operating in northern Syria alongside United States forces would now be targeted by their long-time enemy Turkey.

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"We won't be finally pulled out until ISIS is gone", Trump said before departing for Camp David.

At least one fighter from the Syrian Democratic Forces is believed to have been killed and a number of others wounded.

The announcement, which took officials in Washington and allies overseas by surprise, contributed to Jim Mattis' decision to resign as U.S. defense secretary and prompted concern that Islamic State could stage a comeback.

Emile Hokayem, Senior Research Fellow for Middle East Security at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, said Isil would be emboldened by news of an American withdrawal, describing President Trump's new Syria policy as "messy". "And I would just say to any nation, whether in this region or not in this region, that has any doubt about America's support for Israel's right to self-defense - they better think about it again".

Kalin said Turkey's aim while fighting against PKK and its Syrian branches is "to rescue Kurds from the tyranny and oppression of this terror group and to ensure their safety of life and property".

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U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, the incoming chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, told ABC's "This Week" that the conditions raised by Bolton were "obvious", and Smith criticized the conflicting messages from the Trump administration.

Mr Bolton said United States troops would remain at the critical area of al-Tanf, in southern Syria, to counter growing Iranian activity in the region.

Bolton was due to hold talks later on Sunday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said the discussions would focus on Iran's role in the region and the situation in Syria.

Bolton was to have dinner with Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, on Sunday to discuss the pace of the US drawdown, American troop levels in the region, and the USA commitment to push back on Iranian regional expansionism.

Bolton visited the Western Wall earlier in the day.

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