Pompeo seeks to rally Mideast allies against Iran, IS

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Pompeo seeks to rally Mideast allies against Iran, IS

Salih told the secretary that Baghdad "will need the support of (U.S. troops)", and expressed his "gratitude to the USA for its support, over the years". "We've beaten them and we've beaten them badly".

Mr Pompeo warned there would be no United States reconstruction aid for areas controlled by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad until Iran and its proxies had left.

Trump's new statement follows a trip by his national security adviser John Bolton to Israel in which he told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday that withdrawal would not happen before "ISIS is defeated and not able to revive itself".

Each audience has sharply different priorities, with US President Donald Trump appearing fully prepared to pander to each of them, leaving virtually everyone, quite dangerously, utterly bewildered - if at times sure to be privately delighted.

"In falsely seeing ourselves as a force for what ails the Middle East, we were timid in asserting ourselves when the times - and our partners - demanded it", Pompeo said.

"After being so intertwined and engaged with a terrorist organization, it is not that easy to leave that terrorist organization", he added, referring to the YPG.

"By most accounts, Trump's Middle East policy has made a messy Middle East even messier", Aaron David Miller, a former U.S. diplomat and now an analyst at the Wilson Center, said on Twitter.

The US, along with Turkey, Gulf Arab states, and Jordan, has been supporting some rebel groups.

He blamed the previous administration for the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) and Iran's increasing assertiveness, which he said was a direct result of sanctions relief, granted to it under the 2015 nuclear deal. In response, Turkish officials declined to reveal the particulars of their diplomatic conversations. But ... we won't be finally pulled out until ISIS is gone'.

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Former US President Barack Obama

This is why Turkish officials urged their counterparts to uphold the already agreed Manbij roadmap and quickly remove YPG elements from Manbij and its military council accordingly.

"Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar and the Russian defense minister held telephone talks. Jordan and Turkey have hosted millions of Syrians fleeing violence".

But Senate Democrats have said many nominees Trump puts forward are wholly unqualified to be ambassadors, or have backgrounds that should preclude them from confirmation-such as Christine Toretti, the ambassador nominee for Malta, who had a restraining order filed against her for "placing a bullet-riddled target sheet" in the office of her ex-husband's doctor.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan contends the Syrian Kurds have links to Kurdish separatist forces inside Turkey that have long battled the central government.

The US will work with allies to "expel every last Iranian boot" from Syria, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says.

Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Wednesday that the presence of American forces failed to provide security for the Arab nation.

Pompeo's visit to Baghdad was not listed on his official travel itinerary for security reasons and some reporters were excluded from attending the daylong excursion.

"Despite the fact that we reached a clear agreement with Mr. Trump, different voices have been raised from different echelons of the U.S. administration", Erdogan said during a speech on Tuesday, adding that he could soon hold another phone call with the American president.

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