In Cairo, Pompeo blasts Obama's Middle East policies

In Cairo, Pompeo blasts Obama's Middle East policies

Donald Trump's national-security advisor met with Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel yesterday to discuss plans for the region, including a withdrawal from "northeast Syria", as Bolton specified in a joint presser. "US security units are trying to dissuade their president", he added.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran will adopt the necessary measures in response to this move within the framework of reciprocal acts", Iran's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. "He told you that radical Islamist terrorism does not stem from ideology".

"America is a force for good in the Middle East", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday in Cairo, in an expansive speech in which the top US diplomat repudiated the Obama administration's Middle East policies and accused it of making crucial errors that worsened a string of crises in the region.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan denounced visiting US National Security Adviser John Bolton on Tuesday for suggesting that protecting the Kurds would be a pre-condition of the US withdrawal, a suggestion Erdogan called "a serious mistake".

CBS News senior national security correspondent David Martin reported in December, after President Trump announced his intention to pull all US forces out of Syria, that the Kurdish forces are holding an estimated 700 foreign combatants.

It's the latest stop in his nine-nation tour of America's Arab allies in the Middle East.

"What did we learn from all this?"

He added that the United States was a "force for good" in the Middle East, adding: "Where America retreats, chaos follows". When we neglect our friends, resentment builds. The Kurds there have fought alongside American troops, but Erdogan considers them terrorists.

Le Drian's remarks came after France's European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau said in an interview with C-News on 20 December that France will "for now" maintain its participation in the coalition fighting Daesh forces in Syria. "We want to coordinate this process with Russian Federation and Iran, with which we had arranged work in the framework of the Astana process", Cavusoglu said Wednesday.

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Karasik said he believed that energy issues were "another important facet of the visit" along with discussions over the sanctions regime (regarding Iran) and the "logistic flow of oil in the region and protection of that flow".

If confirmed, the teen would be at least the second US national held by the Kurds in Syria, among hundreds of captured foreign fighters whose fate is a major concern for USA officials trying to implement President Trump's order to withdraw American forces from the country.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded on Twitter, saying, "Whenever/wherever U.S. interferes, chaos, repression and resentment follow".

During a brief photo opportunity, Pompeo was chatting with the monarch, mentioning a speech by President Trump, to be delivered from the Oval Office later Tuesday.

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Among those captured as part of two separate raids on the area of al-Shafaa, eastern Deir Ezzor province, is a 16-year-old American whose name police will not release due to his age.

During his address, the secretary applauded Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's efforts to promote religious freedom and encouraged him "to unleash the creative energies of Egypt's people, unfetter the economy, and promote a free and open exchange of ideas". Still, the United States desperately needs massive military bases it maintains in Qatar, the largest in the region with 10,000 U.S. servicemen, and in Saudi allies Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait, also on Pompeo's itinerary.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has begun a Mideast visit to talk to regional leaders about ramping up pressure on Iran.

Bolton has signaled the US will keep some troop presence in southern Syria as a deterrent to Iran even after those in the northern part of the country exit.

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