Erdogan ready to attack Kurds after snubbing US

Two British special forces soldiers seriously injured in missile attack by so-called Islamic State in Syria

British special forces soldiers seriously injured in missile attack by Isis

Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are touring the Middle East, seeking to explain the policy and elicit support.

Commander Robertson did not give a deadline for the withdrawal of 2,000 USA troops from Syria, but said the Pentagon will keep Americans apprised of the progress. This shows that the U.S. has a plan in this direction but it is not clear to us.

"John Bolton made a serious mistake", Mr. Erdogan told lawmakers from the Justice & Development Party.

Fighting continues however, with Syrian Observatory for Human Rights saying IS suicide attackers had hit the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in eastern Syria late on Sunday, killing 23 of its fighters. "Very soon, we will take action to neutralise terrorist organisations in Syria", Erdogan said.

Bolton's pronouncements were the first public confirmation from the administration that the pace of the drawdown had changed since Trump's announcement in mid-December that United States troops are "coming back now". Jeffrey will travel from Turkey into Syria to reassure the Kurdish fighters that they are not being abandoned, Bolton said. The minister also rejected Israel's request that the USA recognise Israeli sovereignty over Syrian territory that Israel occupies in the Golan Heights.

As a result, the U.S. deliberations over Syria, which would normally occur behind closed doors, are "literally happening in front of the entire world", Stein said.

Turkey's responses to US National Security Advisor John Bolton's condition regarding the removal of American forces from Syria were triggered by an overall sense of confusion from the Trump administration's mixed messages, Dr. Gönül Tol, founding director of the Middle East Institute's Center for Turkish Studies, told Sputnik.

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According to U.S. talking points, American troops and their allies in Syria would continue attacks against remaining Islamic State forces during an "orderly" USA departure period. He did, however, threaten them with military strikes. To prevent an Islamic State resurgence, the U.S. will retain unspecified capabilities on the ground for ongoing operations.

US -led coalition forces have provided air power and other support to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in its operation to flush out IS from the last rump of its now-defunct "caliphate".

Trump on Monday struck back to the perception that his intentions in Syria had changed.

But it has also raised concerns that Kurdish fighters would be exposed to the threat of a cross-border operation by their archfoe Turkey. Turkey regards the main Kurdish militia, the YPG, as a mortal foe, on the grounds that it is the Syrian arm of the domestic guerrilla group the PKK.

Nicholas Heras, an analyst at the Center for a New American Security, said Ankara would need so much support from Washington to completely eradicate IS, that it would be "to the point where the U.S. military would essentially still be inside Syria".

'That Turkey targets the Kurds is the most vile, the most dishonourable, the ugliest and the cheapest slander, ' Erdogan said on Tuesday.

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