Pompeo in Cairo: 'The Age of Self-Inflicted American Shame Is Over'

11 January, 2019, 05:56 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

"We will be leaving at a proper pace while at the same time continuing to fight ISIS and doing all else that is prudent and necessary!" he tweeted. He said their meeting was "productive". If the U.S. does withdraw ground troops, protecting the YPG would only be possible with an unlikely YPG-Syrian government deal, or an indefinite continuation of United States air support for the Kurdish militias. A US withdrawal would give the Kurds incentive to move in the direction least damaging to their interests: striking a deal with the Assad regime in which the Kurds give up any hope for independence in return for some form of limited autonomy. They also discussed the importance of continued U.S.

"It's one thing for the government to be very confident that an individual joined or tried to join ISIS", Joshua Geltzer, a senior counterterrorism official in the Obama administration, told the Associated Press this week. He was accompanied on the trip to Baghdad by his wife, Susan, the USA special representative for Iran, Brian Hook, and Major General Ricky Waddle, the assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, among others.

On Wednesday, Joint Staff officials said reports of Gen. Dunford's comments regarding the observation posts were false. As CBS News Radio correspondent Cami McCormick reported in December, then-Defense Secretary James Mattis tried unsuccessfully to convince countries to take back their nationals. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorised to disclose the information publicly.

PKK's Syrian affiliate People's Protection Units (YPG) terrorists attacked Turkey-backed Syrian opposition group Free Syrian Army (FSA) Thursday with American-made anti-tank missiles, killing two fighters.

Earlier this week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan refused to meet with Bolton during a trip to Ankara and said he is making a "serious mistake".

When Trump first announced the pullout of 2,000 ground troops on December 19, Ankara was a lonely voice among North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies welcoming the decision. Either we will never withdraw from "northeastern Syria", or we will stand by and watch our anti-ISIS allies get massacred as Turkey reneges on any security pledge they make.

The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has vowed the US and its allies will "expel every last Iranian boot" from Syria as he sought to reassure Middle Eastern nations it was not withdrawing from the region despite Donald Trump's call for troops to return home.


The Trump administration encountered similar pushback elsewhere on Tuesday, as USA allies pressed their own priorities.

"When America retreats, chaos follows", Pompeo said.

"There are different voices within the administration", Cavusoglu said in remarks to a parliamentary committee, according to Turkey's Hurriyet newspaper.

The senior administration official said the USA will defeat remaining IS fighters on the way out to prevent a resurgence and that the U.S. will oppose any mistreatment of opposition forces, such as the SDF, that fought with the United States against IS. "It must be hard to leave after having been so intertwined with the terrorist organization", Cavusoglu said.

Pompeo is touring the region to try to explain U.S. strategy after Trump's surprise announcement of an abrupt withdrawal of all 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria.

"America's position in Iraq, like its position in Syria, is on thin ice, because Iran - in Iraq - has really won the day and ultimately we've seen that the rise of sectarian sensibilities and sectarian animosities in the larger Middle East has undermined America's position and strengthened Iran's position, because Iran is (a majority) Shi'ite country.and the U.S.is seen to be a pro-Saudi, pro-Sunni, pro-Gulf country", said Landis.

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