Netanyahu Says Israel to Continue Withstanding 'Iran’s Aggression' in Syria

Turkey considers the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, a terrorist group linked to an insurgency within its own borders.

The comments by John Bolton during a visit to Israel signalled a far more gradual U.S. withdrawal than initially set out by Trump, whose December 19 announcement concerned allies and led to the resignation of defence secretary Jim Mattis.

Earlier on Sunday, Bolton said there was no timetable for the pullout of American forces in northeastern Syria, but insisted it was not an unlimited commitment.

The Trump administration is expected to withdraw all of the approximately 2,000 American troops from Syria.

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

"We won't be finally pulled out until ISIS is gone", Trump said before departing for Camp David.

The U.S. -backed force known as the Syrian Democratic Forces are believed to be holding hundreds of IS foreign fighters in detention centers in northern Syria, as well as their families in SDF-run camps in the north.

The presidential spokesman said the country was going to coordinate with its allies and the countries in the region in fight against terrorism, while resolutely implementing the policies required for the national security.




US President Donald Trump said in December that US troops had succeeded in their mission to defeat Islamic State militants and were no longer needed in the country. "And I would just say to any nation, whether in this region or not in this region, that has any doubt about America's support for Israel's right to self-defense - they better think about it again".

"To argue that a terrorist organization represents Kurds is, above all, disrespectful to our Kurdish brothers", Kalın said, adding, "One of the goals of Turkey's struggle against the PKK and its Syrian offshoots is to save the Kurds from the tyranny and oppression of this terror group."

"There is absolutely no change in the U.S. position against the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime and absolutely no change in our position that any use of chemical weapons would be met by a very strong response, as we've done twice before", Bolton told reporters on his plane shortly before landing in Tel Aviv, Israel. He said that in upcoming meetings with Turkish officials he will seek "to find out what their objectives and capabilities are and that remains uncertain".

"That a terror organisation can not be allied with the USA is self-evident", he said.

Bolton has urged Kurdish allies not to seek protection from Russian Federation or Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government. He defended the legal basis for the deployment, saying it's justified by the president's constitutional authority, adding "I'm a strong believer in Article II".

Bolton is to have dinner Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, Sunday evening to discuss the pace of the US drawdown, American troop levels in the region, and the USA commitment to push back on Iranian regional expansionism.

Some 300 Americans tried to leave or did leave the U.S.to fight in Iraq or Syria since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011, the report said, citing the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He watched a virtual reality tour of the historic site and dined there with his Israeli equivalent, as well as with US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and Israel's Ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer. Trump, however, also toured the area in a previous visit.

He again urged the United States and other countries to recognise Israel's sovereignty over the strategic plateau it seized from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed.

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