Bolton warns Turkey against attacking Kurdish fighters after U.S. pullout from Syria

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

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

The planned withdrawal of USA troops from Syria will depend on a number of conditions including an agreement that Turkish forces won't attack Syrian Kurdish forces, national security adviser John Bolton said Sunday.

A joint statement by the two Republican senators came on the same day that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged John Bolton, the USA national security adviser, to recognize Israel's claim to the Golan.

While U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said there is now no timetable, President Donald Trump reaffirmed his commitment to withdrawing U.S. troops, though he said "we won't be finally pulled out until ISIS (ISIL) is gone".

Trump's advisers and Republican allies have warned that pulling out US troops would also leave Kurdish fighters - who had been vital USA allies - susceptible to attacks by Turkey, where leaders see the group as a threat to their nation's sovereignty.

U.S. President Donald Trump said Sunday that the withdrawal of American forces from Syria will not happen "that quickly".

Turkey's fight in Syria is not against Kurds but against PKK/YPG and Daesh terrorists, National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Monday, pushing back a US misconception.

Among the policy decisions still to be made is what to do about the tens of thousands of Syrian Kurdish fighters that U.S. forces have trained, armed, and advised to carry out the ground war against the Islamic State.

On Friday, Netanyahu held a phone talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin, for the first time since the US withdrawal announcement.

Trump defended his decision on the conviction that other countries should take on the burden of fighting whatever remains of IS, and has made tentative agreements with Turkey's President Recep Erdogan to essentially hand over the job to the Turks.

While Bolton's reassurances may have come as a relief to some, a top House Democrat stressed that the priorities the national security adviser outlined were "obvious" - and simply highlighted how risky Trump's initial withdrawal announcement was.

Despite the announcement, the war against ISIS in Syria has continued, with US-backed forces recapturing ISIS-held towns and the US-led coalition conducting 469 air and artillery strikes on ISIS targets between December 16 and December 29, the coalition said.

Bolton, who will travel to Turkey on Monday, said the United States will talk to Ankara to find out what its objectives and capabilities are.

It was unclear which report Trump was referring to, but the newspaper has in recent days highlighted conflicting statements from the Trump administration about the plans to withdraw from Syria. Bolton said there was no fixed timetable and some United States troops would remain, at least in the south of the country.

At a meeting on Tuesday in Brazil, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the Israeli premier that the Syria pullout would not affect US support and protection of Israel.

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

The soldiers also raided a Peugeot auto showroom in the city, and seized the recording of its surveillance cameras before withdrawing from the area. "Moreover, unlike the issue of Jerusalem, the Golan wouldn't be part of any future Israel-Palestinian peace agreement, making USA recognition of Israeli sovereignty much more straightforward than any issue involving Jerusalem or other territories like the West Bank".

The Kurds enjoy strongholds in northeastern Syria and southern Turkey and have been integral to United States ground-fighting efforts in Syria. "Secondly, the president chose to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and moved the embassy to Jerusalem-a historic decision which we welcome".

"And once that's done, then you talk about a timetable", said Bolton, who met with Israeli leaders, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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