Kurdish Militia Detains Teen Daesh Supporter From US in Eastern Syria

President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House Wednesday Jan. 2 2019 in Washington

Pompeo met leaders in Iraq's capital and its semi-autonomous Kurdistan region on Wednesday, aiming to reassure them about Washington's plans following President Donald Trump's surprise announcement last month of an abrupt withdrawal from Syria.

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"This matters because SDF holds hundreds of IS fighters, including many European citizens, and they might go free if no solution is found, " said Bobby Chesney, a national security law expert at the University of Texas.

Speaking to broadcaster NTV on Thursday, Cavusoglu said that military action against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), considered to be terrorists by Ankara "is not dependent on whether the U.S. pulls out or not".

"We'll make sure we address the concerns that they have".

Other analysts argued that it would be wrong for Trump to abandon US allies the Kurds, who have been instrumental in fighting ISIS, because Turkey would likely launch an attack against them.

Finally, the U.S. made clear that the release of captured IS militants - described as "foreign terrorists" by the United States official - held by the YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces is "unacceptable". He said their meeting was "productive". In response, Turkish officials declined to reveal the particulars of their diplomatic conversations.

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"I wish I were wrong", Rybakov continued in response to a question from Russian state media.

Following the meeting at the presidential complex, Dunford separately met Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar and his Turkish counterpart General Yasar Guler. "It's essential that any administration has the people in place both in Washington and overseas to implement their policies", he said.

He appeared to walk that back on Sunday.

The tomb, which is considered as a Turkish enclave according to a treaty between Syria and Turkey, was moved from the eastern bank of the Euphrates river to the Turkish border near the Syrian city of Kobani in 2015.

As for how the Trump administration's policies are being perceived by Mideast leaders, NPR's Jane Arraf reports from Baghdad, "This is a new era, and part of that new era is a belief that the United States is more than willing to look the other way [from] repression and human rights abuses in countries like Egypt and Saudi Arabia, if there are security or economic benefits". Turkey's President Erdogan snubbed Bolton when he visited Ankara to make his case on Tuesday.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Thursday for an end to Middle East rivalries to roll back Tehran's influence and vowed to "expel every last Iranian boot" from Syria. But Bolton's comments Sunday to reporters in Israel marked the first time the US put specific conditions on withdrawal and demanded an agreement from Turkey on the Kurds.Erdogan said in his speech Tuesday that Turkey has completed preparations for a military operation in Syria.

"Just past year, our nations unveiled a new counterterrorism training center less than 50 miles south of where we stand even as I speak", Pompeo said. Over the past week, Bolton has acknowledged that ISIS is not yet vanquished and still has the capacity for "reviving" itself; U.S. allies in the region still require our protection; and that the withdrawal is limited to "northeastern Syria".

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