Trump warns Turkey against attacking Kurds


"They understand that there are squabbles in Washington, but their mission remains, their duties continue and they're executing them".

Turkey considers the PKK a terrorist group and there are fears Turkey will attack Kurdish fighters inside Syria when the Americans leave.

"Out of concern for operational security, we will not discuss specific timelines, locations or troop movements", Ryan said.

"We will confirm that there has been no redeployment of military personnel from Syria to date", said Navy Commander Sean Robertson, a Pentagon spokesman.

Erdogan has said his military is prepared to attack swaths of Syria under the control of the Kurdish People's Protection Units.

Robertson, in his statement, said the coalition had carried out "logistical measures" to support a withdrawal but did not enter into details.

"Terrorists can't be your partners & allies".

Still, an SDF official said on Sunday that IS militants are "living their final moments" in the last enclave they hold near the Iraqi border, where SDF forces are attacking them.

IS still holds territory on the western bank of the Euphrates, between areas controlled by the Syrian government and its Russian and Iranian-backed allies. National Security Advisor John Bolton even said that USA forces will not leave Syria until Turkey guarantees the safety of the US-backed Kurdish militias.

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Cavusoglu once again "rejected and condemned" Bolton's comments on the conditional withdrawal and said despite different voices coming out from Washington, the Turkish president's interlocutor was Trump.

Special representative for Syria Jim Jeffrey, a former USA envoy to Turkey and Iraq, is expected to return to Turkey to continue discussions, Pompeo added.

Trump's impulsive decision to withdraw troops from Syria was announced on December 19 past year, after declaring the Islamic State (ISIS) to have been fully "destroyed", created a rift between him and the USA military.

Erdoğan lashed out at Bolton's remarks by indicating that Turkey can not accept the US condition of protecting YPG terrorists.

What has Mike Pompeo said?

"We recognize the Turkish people's right to defend their country from terrorists, but we also know that those. who are not terrorists and fighting alongside us for all this time deserve to be protected", Pompeo told reporters.

Maria Zakharova, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, said it was important for Syrian Kurds and the Syrian government to start talking to each other in light of the United States withdrawal plans.

He suggested that talks between Damascus and the Syrian Kurds could be part of a broader political solution in Syria.