USA officials, among them Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have made it clear they do not want Turkey "to slaughter" the Kurds, their partners against the Islamic State, when Washington retreats from Syria, a move seen as a betrayal by many Kurds who lost thousands of men and women during the war.
Pompeo has the task of explaining USA policy in the region after Trump's announcement of the withdrawal of all 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria, which rattled allies and came as a shock to top United States officials. Such disgraceful conduct might well have serious adverse consequences the next time we try to enlist a regional force to fight terrorists.
Indeed, U.S. religious-freedom advocates are still celebrating the landmark passage of H.R. 390, the bipartisan U.S. aid package signed into law last month that will benefit Iraqi Christian and Yazidi communities threatened with genocide by the Islamic State group (ISIS). He said that Obama, who he did not name, "grossly underestimated the tenacity and viciousness of radical Islamism".
In a bid to reassure allies of Washington's commitment, Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have been touring Middle Eastern capitals this week expressing their will to protect the Kurds and continue combating IS.
The program has identified more than 70 adults - mostly USA citizens or legal residents - who traveled from the United States to Iraq or Syria to join jihadi groups since 2011, Stars and Stripes reported.
"They (Americans) did not provide any security for any one".
The secretary began his address in Cairo by blasting the Obama administration for "falsely seeing ourselves as a force for what ails the Middle East".
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His speech emphasized America as a force for good in the region. We have rebuilt our relationships. "Now comes the real new beginning", Pompeo added.
But it was comments made by Bolton on Sunday in Israel that had already raised hackles in Ankara, when he suggested the retreat was also conditional on the safety of US-backed Kurdish fighters, considered terrorists by Turkey. "He told you that 9/11 (the September 11, 2001, al Qaeda attacks on the United States) led my country to abandon its ideals, particularly in the Middle East", Pompeo said.
The US troop withdrawal from Syria will not be scuppered despite Turkish threats against Washington's Kurdish allies there, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday, promising to ensure that the Kurds would still be protected.
"Whenever/wherever United States interferes, chaos, repression & resentment follow", Zarif wrote on Twitter.
According to Bishara, Pompeo's approach was set at a low bar, with scant mention of Yemen - just half a line - despite the war in Yemen being a key issue in the Middle East. "Best for the United States to just get over loss of Iran".
"It's one thing if he left when he was 16 and somehow got over there - it's another thing if he's been over there for five years in the mix", Hughes said. Still, the United States desperately needs massive military bases it maintains in Qatar, the largest in the region with 10,000 USA servicemen, and in Saudi allies Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait, also on Pompeo's itinerary.
The provocatively timed military drill came as U.S. secretary of state Mike Pompeo vowed to "expel every last Iranian boot" from Syria in an incendiary speech setting out his vision for the Middle East.