No quick withdrawal: USA tries to restore order to Syria policy

Aftermath of artillery attacks on Al Qusur in Deir ez-Zor. File

The US will withdraw its forces from northeastern Syria "in a way that makes sure that ISIS is defeated and is not able to revive itself and to become a threat again; and to make sure that the defense of Israel and our other friends in the region is absolutely assured; and to take care of those who fought with us against us ISIS and other terrorist groups", Bolton said, using an acronym for the radical Islamic State group.

"We don't think the Turks ought to undertake military action that's not fully coordinated with and agreed to by the United States, at a minimum, so they don't endanger our troops but also so that they meet the president's requirement that the Syrian opposition forces that have fought with us are not endangered".

Bolton's comments come ahead of a visit to Ankara that's scheduled for Monday.

Trump's advisers and GOP allies have warned that pulling out United States troops would also leave Kurdish fighters - who had been vital allies - susceptible to attacks by Turkey, where leaders see the group as a threat to their nation's sovereignty.

American officials claim that the withdrawal of more than 2,000 troops will take from 60 to 100 days.

If chemical weapons were to be used, "a lot of options would be on the table. if they don't heed the lessons of those two strikes the next one will be more telling", Bolton said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel would continue to confront Iran's military activities in Syria.

Earlier on Sunday, Bolton said the USA will not withdraw troops from northeastern Syria until Turkish government guarantees fight against Daesh and that it won't attack "Kurdish fighters", referring to YPG/PKK terrorist group.

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"We continue at this time to act against the Iranian military buildup in Syria, and we are acting against anyone who undermines or tries to undermine Israel's security".

"The timetable flows from the policy decisions that we need to implement", he noted.

At a White House Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Trump claimed: "We've had a tremendous success in Syria and "we're slowly bringing people back".

"There are objectives that we want to accomplish that condition the withdrawal", he told reporters in Jerusalem.

Bolton, on a trip to Israel and Turkey, said he would stress in talks with Turkish officials, including President Tayyip Erdogan, that Kurdish forces must be safeguarded, Reuters reported. Bolton's statement appears to add a new condition before withdrawing: receiving assurances from Ankara that US-backed Kurdish militias in northern Syria will not face an assault from Turkish forces.

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