Troops pull out from Syria 'not that quick'

John Bolton is set to meet Israel's prime minister and Turkey's president during his trip

US troops will not leave northeastern Syria until "Islamic State" (IS) militants are completely routed and US-allied Kurdish fighters are protected, US President Donald Trump's national security adviser said on Sunday.

Trump had said in his December 19 withdrawal announcement that US forces "have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency".

'We don't want the Assad's regime to consider our steps as a weakening of our disagreement with the use of weapons of mass destruction, while we are thinking about how the withdrawal will proceed and under what circumstances, ' Bolton claimed during his fly to Tel Aviv, Interfax reports.

The US President said: "We have defeated Isis in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency".

Trump's action, meeting a long-time pledge of his to get USA troops out of Syria, drew widespread protests, including from Republican lawmakers and led to the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Recep Tayyip Ergodan considers the YPG to be a part of the PKK, a Kurdish separatist group that both Turkey and the United States consider to be a terrorist organization.

Bolton also said Sunday all 2,000 USA forces may not be withdrawn.

Granting that request and withdrawing U.S. forces from Syria will likely depend in part on whether U.S. State Department envoy Jim Jeffrey is successful in his efforts to reach an agreement with Turkey in which Turkish forces would be allowed to enter northern Syria but avoid areas populated mainly by Kurds. "Acknowledging Israeli sovereignty over the strategically-critical heights would obviously be in Israel's interest, but also in the interest of the United States", explained Jonathan Ruhe, Associate Director, JINSA's Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy.

"This buffer zone will address Turkey's security concerns and it also might be feasible for the Americans as well", he said.

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Nonetheless, the plans and assurances the national security adviser offered in Israel were confirmation that withdrawal plans are on hold until conditions on the ground match the president's stated assessment of the situation in Syria.

Criticizing the coalition operations in Raqqa and Mosul, Erdoğan said that they relied heavily on airstrikes and with "little or no regard for civilian casualties". "That a terror organization can not be allied with the U.S.is self-evident", he said.

Israel annexed east Jerusalem after capturing it from Jordan in the 1967 war, a move not recognized by most of the worldwide community.

Turkey has pledged to continue the fight against ISIL in Syria after the U.S. withdraws, although Ankara has reportedly requested significant U.S. military support to carry out the mission. "Should Netanyahu get his wish, then we might also be another step closer to Israel's formal annexation of some, or all, of the occupied West Bank".

He added Turkey must "meet the president's requirement that the Syrian opposition forces that have fought with us are not endangered".

Asked if a USA pullout would be halted if Turkey could not guarantee the Kurdish fighters would be safe, Bolton said: "Basically, that's right". The men also toured the tunnels that extend under and beyond the wall and the Old City.

NATO's second-largest army could open a corridor to the south along Syria's border with Iraq, but the YPG, which is deep inside Syrian territory, must move aside, the person said.

Some media reports suggested that the Israeli prime minister indeed openly asked the U.S. president to recognize its sovereignty over the Golan Heights, and not just once.

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