Mike Pompeo: no contradictions in Washington’s Syria policy

Mike Pompeo: no contradictions in Washington’s Syria policy

Mike Pompeo: no contradictions in Washington’s Syria policy

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"The Trump administration has moved quickly to rebuild links amongst our old friends and nurture new partnerships", added Pompeo. Pompeo's first message to the Jordanian foreign minister was one he is expected to echo across the region: Washington is committed to isolating and restraining Iranian expansion.

A much-anticipated contact between senior Turkish and American officials took place in Ankara on January 8 in which Washington's abrupt decision to withdraw troops from Syria and its potential aftereffects have been discussed.

"We always do and now is the time".

"It's a bipartisan failure", said Mark Dubowitz, the chief executive of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a hawkish Washington-based think tank. Bolton acknowledged that pockets of ISIS remain.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on a visit to Ankara that the USA forward observation posts would remain indefinitely, despite President Trump's order to pull out the 2,000 American troops stationed inside Syria in the near future.

Meanwhile, in another sign of deteriorating relations between Ankara and Washington, Cavusoglu said a military operation Turkey was planning against US -backed Kurdish militia in northern Syria did not depend on a withdrawal of USA troops from Syria.

Speaking to reporters before his speech on Thursday, Pompeo said that any contradiction in the administration's Syria policy has been "made up" by the media.

He also gets along with White House adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner in addition to having good relations with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. "We learned that when America retreats, chaos often follows", he said.

"So today, what did we learn from all of this?"

Mr Pompeo's Thursday speech appeared to be an attempt to reassure allies, while also reiterating Mr Trump's decision to pull out troops.

"Whenever/wherever U.S. interferes, chaos, repression and resentment follow", Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter.

"My greatest concern probably is the Kurds and whether or not - just how defenseless we're going to leave them", Cramer said, adding later that USA support going forward would be "not insignificant".

The age of self-inflicted American shame is over, and so are the policies that produced so much needless suffering. "Now comes the real 'new beginning'".

Pompeo has chosen Cairo as the symbolic venue for a speech meant to repudiate the message in former US President Barack Obama's landmark address to the Muslim world from the Egyptian capital when he first took office.

Pompeo is meeting with US allies in the region, including stops in Jordan, Egypt and several Gulf nations, to coordinate an anti-Iran campaign.

Iran, Russia and Turkey act as the guarantors of an all-out ceasefire regime in Syria.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded on Twitter, saying, "Whenever/wherever USA interferes, chaos, repression and resentment follow".

Pompeo's speech notably did not make any reference to human rights or democracy as issues that matter to the region's population. "And our desire for peace at any cost led us to strike a deal with Iran, our common enemy". He added that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas would underline it during talks with President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi in Cairo during a relatively extended visit to Egypt.

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.

Over the past years, as part of the global coalition to defeat IS, the USA has provided military support to Iraqi forces through air strikes and Special Forces.

More recently, Trump and other administration officials have insisted they favour an orderly pullout.

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