Pompeo defends United States withdrawal from Syria, during foreign policy address in Egypt

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In contrast to other U.S. allies, Turkey can point to major sacrifices it has made in the struggle against Daesh in Syria, which Erdogan did when referencing the bloody Al Bab campaign of 2016/2017 in his New York Times article.

According to U.S. talking points, American troops and their allies in Syria would continue attacks against remaining Islamic State forces during an "orderly" USA departure period.

It also comes weeks after President Donald Trump's abrupt announcement that he will pull all 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria, which caused alarm among United States allies in the region.

America's Kurdish allies in Syria, now fretting over when the Trump administration will pull out the 2,000 USA troops who guarantee their safety, said Wednesday that they had apprehended an American teenager fighting with ISIS.

President Salih, answering a reporter's question on whether he wants the United States to keep troops, said Iraq "will need the support of the US" and expressed his "gratitude to the USA for support over the years".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, gives a speech at the American University in Cairo, Jan. 10, 2019.

The State Department had said Pompeo's speech would focus on "the United States' commitment to peace, prosperity, stability, and security in the Middle East".

"What did we learn from all this?"

"Our main objective is to create conditions that will allow Christians to stay and flourish in the Middle East", he said, shifting the subject to express strong satisfaction at the passage of the us aid package that is helping underserved religious minorities in Iraq rebuild their ancestral communities. When we neglect our friends, resentment builds. For his part, Erdogan said this week Turkey would do "what's necessary" to fight terrorism and warned a Turkish offensive could come "at any moment".

"The good news is this: The age of self-inflicted American shame is over".

Pompeo delivered his remarks in Cairo, where Obama famously spoke in 2009 and promised a new beginning with Muslim and Arab countries.

"We don't think the Turks ought to undertake military action that's not fully coordinated with and agreed to by the United States at a minimum so they don't endanger our troops, but also so that they meet the president's requirement that the Syrian opposition forces that have fought with us are not endangered", Bolton told reporters in Jerusalem on Sunday, Reuters reported. He said that Secretary Pompeo "reassured Iraqi leaders that was not the case", prompting a cancellation of Thursday's parliament debate.

Israel's nightmare is a unified Syrian regime, backed by Russian Federation and Iran, fortified by Turkey, eager to turn their collective attention on his Jewish state.

The U.S. has never been "an empire-builder or an oppressor", Pompeo said, noting at one point that "when the mission is over, when the job is complete, America leaves".

In Qatar, Pompeo is likely to find a somewhat skeptical reception from a regime that has been under relentless attack from Saudi Arabia and its other Gulf allies for its willingness to defend Iran.

An ISIS suspect identified by the USA -allied Kurdish YPG militia as 16-year-old US national Soulay Noah Su is seen in a photo posted to social media by the YPG on January 9, 2019.

During his address, the secretary applauded Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's efforts to promote religious freedom and encouraged him "to unleash the creative energies of Egypt's people, unfetter the economy, and promote a free and open exchange of ideas".

A senior State Department official insisted ahead of the trip the USA will "not leave the Middle East".

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.