Pompeo rebukes Obama and takes on Iran in Cairo speech

Pompeo Visits Middle East to Increase Pressure on Iran

"With the United Nations and human rights organisations repeatedly condemning the tragedy in Yemen, the U.S. should be looking at wrapping up the war", Bishara said.

America "will use diplomacy and work with our partners to expel every last Iranian boot" from Syria and bolster efforts "to bring peace and stability to the long-suffering Syrian people", he added.

Turkey has angrily rejected USA requests to refrain from attacking Syrian Kurds - key US allies in the fight against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS - when the American troops leave. "It is not possible for us to make compromises on this point", Erdogan said Tuesday in a speech to parliament.

Later, speaking at a joint news conference with Shoukry in Cairo, Pompeo said that Washington remained a steadfast partner in the Middle East. He also said he would look for guarantees for the safety of the Kurds after Turkey hinted that it would launch an attack against them.

Pompeo also made a surprise visit to Iraq on Wednesday where he met with the prime minister.

The "decision to withdraw our troops has been made".

In addition to explaining Washington's policy on Syria and reassuring its allies, especially Saudi Arabia, that the U.S. is not giving up on plans to isolate Iran, Bolton and Pompeo will also give time to discuss the Palestine-Israel "situation".

Pompeo, while not mentioning Obama by name, said that "it was here, in this city, another American stood before you" and "told you that radical Islamist terrorism does not stem from ideology".

It was a further reminder that Washington has adopted separate policies for Iraq and for Syria and that USA advocates for persecuted Christians must double down on their campaign to keep hope alive across the Middle East.

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"Our operation against the YPG is not dependent on the United States withdrawal", Mevlut Cavusoglu, Erdogan's foreign minister, told NTV.

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

Many politicians from the ruling coalition of mainly Shi'ite parties called Trump's visit a violation of Iraqi sovereignty and demanded the United States withdraw troops. Trump has not contradicted Bolton, and in fact, is now pretending that was always the plan.

The visit by Washington's top diplomat comes amid confusion in the region over a surprise plan by President Donald Trump's administration to pull U.S. troops out of Syria.

"A risk averse president who makes new policy by tweet or phone call surrounded by risk-ready advisers who run cleanup, don´t respect deliberation and have objectives that aren´t clear or attainable equals USA policy (or lack of it) in Syria".

US officials have not confirmed that the Kurds are holding an American teenager in Syria.

Mattis also rejected Turkey's charge that the YPG fighters within SDF were allied with the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party), which has been labeled a terrorist group by the U.S., Turkey and the European Union.

"That this administration feels the need, almost a decade later, to take potshots at an effort to identify common ground between the Arab world and the West speaks not only to the Trump administration's pettiness but also to its lack of a strategic vision for America's role in the region and its abdication of America's values", National Security Action group, a group of former officials, said in a statement.

The terms included total defeat of IS - still active in some Syrian regions - and ensuring that Kurdish fighters who fought alongside the Americans against the jihadists will be protected.

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