Kurdish forces: Two American ISIS fighters captured

Geraldine Edwards
January 7, 2019

Trump's initial claims of an immediate withdrawal have now appeared to stall, after the president's national security adviser, John Bolton, admitted on Sunday that there's no timeline in place for the exodus and there's a number of conditions that must to be met first before the exit can commence.

John Bolton said Sunday, during a visit to Israel, the military pull out depends on defeating the Islamic State terrorist group.

Trump originally announced the Pentagon would carry out a "full" and "rapid" withdrawal of USA troops from Syria on December 19, stating "we have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency".

Bolton, often seen as a hawk in matters of U.S. defense, stated that the United States enjoys many forms of influence in Syria even after an army withdrawal and is committed to the safety and security of the Kurds even after a USA withdrawal.

The White House announced last month that ISIS had been defeated in Syria and the USA would withdraw 2,000 troops from the war-stricken nation.

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The move prompted the resignations of United States defence secretary Jim Mattis and top U.S. official Brett McGurk, as analysts and military experts said the threat posed by IS still remains. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who is normally a close ally of the president, have said a quick withdrawal would be a mistake, in part because it could leave the region vulnerable to a possible ISIS resurgence.

"I never said we are doing it that quickly".

The remarks represent a departure from the president's earlier statements about the timeline for US involvement in Syria.

Two SAS soldiers seriously injured in Syria were hit as Islamic State militants counter-attacked in one of their last two strongholds.

Bolton said the US has asked its Kurdish allies to "stand fast now" and refrain from seeking protection from Russian Federation or Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government.

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Turkey considers the Kurdish paramilitary forces in Syria their enemies and prepares an operation against them by bringing the military equipment to the border. "And I would just say to any nation, whether in this region or not in this region, that has any doubt about America's support for Israel's right to self-defense - they better think about it again".

Two Americans have been captured among a group of five ISIS fighters in eastern Syria, according to a spokesperson for the Syrian Democratic Forces.

"There is no doubt that a terror group can not be an ally of the U.S.", Kalin said.

British special forces are the only military personnel understood to be operating in Syria alongside the US. He watched a virtual reality tour of the historic site and dined there with his Israeli equivalent, as well as with US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and Israel's Ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer.

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