Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
World News | By Sandy Lane

British special forces soldiers seriously hurt by IS missile

British special forces soldiers seriously hurt by IS missile

That group has been classified as a terrorist organization by both the USA and Turkey. Some 2,000 United States military personnel are reported to be in Syria although the real numbers could be higher.

Analysts and military experts, who disagree with Mr Trump, have said the threat posed by Isis still remains.

Those doubts come as Bolton is telling reporters that US troops will only be withdrawn from Syria on two conditions: defeating the remnants of ISIS and protecting the USA -backed Kurdish fighters.

He accused the YPG and other groups of "making efforts to establish an order by oppressing Kurds, who don't obey them, and their terrorist activities against our country", Anadolu reported. "There is no doubt that a terror group can not be an ally of the USA". Ankara regards the YPG an extension of the PKK, a Kurdish group that has waged a 34-year insurgency in Turkey. In addition, Turkey must "meet the president's requirement that the Syrian opposition forces that have fought with us are not endangered".

The two Americans, two Pakistanis and an Irishman were part of a cell planning an attack on civilians fleeing the militant group's last bastion, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said. Since 1984 the PKK has waged a war against Turkey that has led to more than 40,000 deaths.

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After President Donald Trump's abrupt decision last month to quit Syria drew fire at home for exposing Kurdish allies to a Turkish offensive, Turkey acceded to USA requests to fight Islamic State to avoid derailing the recent convergence of policy on Syria.

"We're pulling out of Syria", Trump said Sunday at the White House.

"Timetables or the timing of the withdrawal occurs as a result of the fulfillment of the conditions and the establishment of the circumstances that we want to see", Bolton said, according to The Wall Street Journal.

"I've discussed this with the President and I hope that I have a chance to show this directly to you tomorrow on our visit".

"We're slowly sending our troops back home to be with their families, while at the same time fighting ISIS remnants", Trump tweeted last Monday, referring to the Daesh terrorist group. Mattis resigned over Trump's decision to pull the United States out of Syria.

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Bolton, on a trip to Israel and Turkey, said he would stress in talks with Turkish officials, including President Tayyip Erdogan, that Kurdish forces must be protected.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman told Press Association: "We do not comment on special forces".

"The recent decision by the president came as a shock and was a complete reversal of policy that was articulated to us", McGurk wrote in an email to colleagues obtained by The New York Times.

Bolton was expected to explain that some US troops based in Syria to fight ISIL will shift to Iraq with the same mission and that the al-Tanf base would remain.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is following Bolton to the Mideast this coming week for an eight-country tour of Arab allies to shore up support for the administration's partners in the region.

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