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JERUSALEM, Jan 6 (Reuters) - White House national security adviser John Bolton added a new condition on Sunday to the U.S. withdrawal from Syria, saying Turkey must agree to protect the United States' Kurdish allies.President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to announce a U.S. pullout from Syria left many questions open, chiefly whether Kurdish fighters who had been operating in northern Syria alongside U.S. forces would now be attacked by their long-time enemy, Turkey.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 protected.Ahead of talks with Israeli officials, he told reporters the pullout would be done in a way that guaranteed the Islamic State jihadist group "is defeated and is not able to revive itself and become a threat again." 19 PHOTOS White House National Security Advisor John Bolton See Gallery White House National Security Advisor John Bolton John … [Read more...] about Bolton says Turkey must not attack Kurdish fighters once US leaves Syria
World International Affairs Donald Trump Syrian Kurds allied with the United States in battling the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) have turned toward the Syrian government and its Russian ally for assistance in the wake of a U.S. withdrawal and threats from Turkey. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have been the leading Pentagon partner in Syria since 2015, a year after the U.S.-led coalition began bombing ISIS, but the departure of U.S. troops has left the militia feeling vulnerable to a potential offensive by Turkey, a fellow U.S. ally that views Kurdish separatists as foes. With limited firepower of their own and no regional allies, the Syrian Democratic Forces' political wing recently sent delegations to Damascus and Moscow to negotiate for their protection against Turkey, which also deals with Syrian government allies Russia and Iran. Syrian Kurdish politician Aldar Xelil told Reuters Thursday that another trip would soon be arranged in hopes of convincing the … [Read more...] about U.S. Allies Left Behind Turn to Russia and Syria’s Assad for Help Against Turkey
World International Affairs Allies Russia and Syria appear to be at odds over whether Turkey is abiding by an agreement regarding the removal of Islamist militant fighters from a rebel-held province, just as Turkish strikes prompted Syrian Kurds to appeal to both Washington and Damascus for support. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Tuesday that a deal reached last month by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Russia's Black Sea city of Sochi "was being fulfilled," according to Turkish newspaper Habertürk. Putin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters the Kremlin shared this view, arguing that the arrangement was not at risk of unraveling, the state-run Tass Russian News Agency reported. The deal stipulated that Turkey would facilitate the removal of heavy weapons and jihadi organizations from a de-confliction zone in Idlib, the last stretch of Syria under the control of an Islamist-led insurgency … [Read more...] about Will Russia and Turkey’s Deal Work? Syria Says ‘Terrorists’ Still Present And U.S. Allies Come Under New Attack
Özlem Cekic in a 2017 file photo. Photo: Sofie Mathiassen/Ritzau Scanpix Özlem Cekic, a former MP and advocate of a project called ‘Dialogue Coffee’, reached new levels of prominence this week after being invited to give a prestigious TED Talk in New York City. The popular TED Talks are often watched by millions after being posted on the organisation’s YouTube channel, and that could prove to be the case for Cekic after she spoke at the We The Future conference in New York earlier this week. Despite the size of the stage, the key message was the same as that which 42-year-old Cekic, an MP with the Socialist People’s Party from 2007-15, has sought to promote for several years: people with opposing views should reach out to each other. The core concept of Cekic’s ‘Dialogue Coffee’ concept is to “encourage people to reach out to those they disagree with most,” she told Ritzau earlier this week. “We have to … [Read more...] about Who is Danish TED Talk star Özlem Cekic and why is she in this week’s news?