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While visiting Israel he said defending Israel and other allies who fought against ISIS is absolutely guaranteed and he wanted assurances from Turkey that they would not harm the Kurds.

Mr Erdogan made clear that he was furious at Mr Bolton's comments. The Kurds who have fought alongside U.S. forces against the Islamic State group and fear an assault by Turkey if the USA withdraws, were still asking publicly for an explanation from Washington. It turns out he's a little on edge after Bolton told Erdogan that USA troops would stay in Syria unless Turkey promised not to hurt the Kurds.

Turkey's responses to US National Security Advisor John Bolton's condition regarding the removal of American forces from Syria were triggered by an overall sense of confusion from the Trump administration's mixed messages, Dr. Gönül Tol, founding director of the Middle East Institute's Center for Turkish Studies, told Sputnik.

Earlier in the day, President Trump tweeted the U.S.

Erdogan proposed in his op-ed to stand up a "stabilization force featuring fighters from all parts of Syrian society" to safeguard northeast Syria once American troops leave, though he said an "intensive vetting process" will exclude fighters with "links to terrorist organizations", which in his government's view includes the YPG. National Security Council spokesman said the two sides had a "productive discussion".

Nicholas Heras, an analyst at the Center for a New American Security, said Ankara would need so much support from Washington to completely eradicate IS, that it would be "to the point where the USA military would essentially still be inside Syria". Erdogan said it's a lie that Turkey would target the Kurds in Syria but said preparations were almost complete for fighting what he called "Kurdish terror groups".

"We have not been formally or directly notified, all what we heard were media statements", Badran Ciya Kurd said.

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The Trump administration encountered similar pushback elsewhere on Tuesday, as United States allies pressed their own priorities. Trump faced widespread criticism from allies about his decision, including that he was abandoning the Kurds in the face of Turkish threats.

Fighting continues however, with Syrian Observatory for Human Rights saying IS suicide attackers had hit the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in eastern Syria late on Sunday, killing 23 of its fighters.

Erdogan has promised Trump that Turkey could finish off the remnants of IS in Syria. According to the Pentagon Monday, the coalition has signed off on a new conditions-based framework for the withdrawal that is now in effect.

Bolton maintained there is no fixed timetable for completing the drawdown, but insisted it was not an indefinite commitment to the region.

On Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan went as far as refusing a meeting with Bolton and expressing that he preferred to speak directly with Trump.

Bolton left the Turkish capital on Tuesday, leaving behind Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford and Special Envoy for Syria James Jeffrey.

"And they certainly were expecting an end to the US-Kurdish partnership in Syria, but Bolton's statement suggests that might not be the case".


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