Trump's Syria withdrawal undermined by Turkey's rebuke


(Worthy News) - The fate of Kurds whom the U.S. relied upon to battle the Islamic State continued to roil President Trump’s hope for a Syria troop pullout Tuesday, with Turkey’s leader rejecting outright Washington’s demand that it hold back on attacking Kurdish forces after American forces depart.

In a sharp rebuke to National Security Adviser John R. Bolton, who spent the day in Turkey trying to negotiate protections for the Kurds, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he “cannot make any concessions” as his military prepares for a major offensive against Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria.

Mr. Erdogan did not find time to meet with Mr. Bolton during his stay and told lawmakers that Mr. Trump’s senior security adviser made a “serious mistake” in seeking guarantees about Turkey’s policy toward the Kurds. [ Source: Washington Times (Read More...) ]

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