Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
World News | By Sandy Lane

Turkey Hails Pompeo Comments Over Defense Against 'Terrorists'

Turkey Hails Pompeo Comments Over Defense Against 'Terrorists'

He added that the withdrawal of USA troops from Syria is a "tactical change" and does not alter US military capacity to counter ISIL and Iran.

Meanwhile, Turkey's defense minister Hulusi Akar said on Friday that his country is preparing for an "intense" attack across the Euphrates in Syria, as soon as the Americans withdraw.

The U.S. -led military coalition in Syria started the process of withdrawing troops from the embattled region, a U.S. military official said Friday.

About 2,000 USA military personnel are reported to be deployed in Syria. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss details that have not yet been publicly announced.

Either Turkey gave us some guarantees without a meeting, or the Kurds in Syria just found out how mercurial American support can be. These include troops to provide extra security for those who are preparing to leave.

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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring group, said sources in Syria's northeastern province of Hasakah reported the departure of about 10 armored vehicles from a military base in the town of Rmelan late Thursday.

Mr Pompeo is touring the Middle East to try to reassure allies following President Donald Trump's abrupt announcement last month that United States forces would withdraw from Syria. -Turkish consultations as part of the "deliberate and coordinated" withdrawal of American forces from Syria.

Last December, Trump announced plans to withdraw all US troops from Syria, claiming that American forces had defeated Daesh there.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (center) visited Bahrain on Friday.

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton suggested on Tuesday that protecting the Kurds would be a pre-condition of the United States withdrawal, drawing a rebuke from Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan who called his comments "a serious mistake".

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called his Turkish counterpart Saturday to discuss Syria, a conversation that comes at a time of increased tensions between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies over the planned US withdrawal from that country.

"We also know that those who aren't terrorists, those who were fighting alongside of us for all this time deserve to be protected as well", Pompeo said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan labeled Bolton's comments unacceptable and a "grave mistake".

The woman confessed that the PKK deceives and kidnaps people under the pretext of liberating woman but they abuse them and most of the women fear to escape the PKK than to surrender to the Turkish security forces even though the terrorist group constantly makes propaganda against the Turkish state.

Turkey sees the Kurdish YPG militia close to its border as a security threat.

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A political deal could piece back together the two biggest chunks of a country splintered by eight years of war, leaving one corner of the northwest in the hands of anti-Assad rebels backed by Turkey - an adversary of both the YPG and Damascus.

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