Turkey Hails Pompeo Comments Over Defense Against 'Terrorists'

Turkish US foreign ministers discuss Syria on phone

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said he is confident that the Trump administration and Turkey can agree a way to protect the Kurdish fighters in Syria after US troops leave the country.

Turkey views the US-backed YPG Syrian Kurdish militia as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged a 34-year insurgency in Turkey for Kurdish political and cultural rights, mostly in southeastern areas near Syria.

At the same time, Trump urged the Kurd-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which the USA trained and armed for years, not to "provoke" Turkey.

The president said the U.S. has started what he called the "long, overdue pullout" from Syria while going after IS militants in the remaining territory they hold.

Previously Washington said that it would not disclose a timeline for the withdrawal of its troops, and pledging that the US-led worldwide coalition's fight against terrorism would continue.

"We find correct his statement about the removal of the elements that concern Turkey", Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a speech in the southern Turkish province of Antalya.

The US-led coalition on Saturday fired more than 20 missiles against Islamist positions, the Observatory said.

The United States announced in December plans to withdraw some 2,000 troops from Syria. "Will attack again from existing nearby base if it reforms", Trump said, using a different acronym for IS.

Tennis Preview - Australian Open
He will continue playing through the Australian Open , noting, "I can still play to a level, not a level I'm happy playing at". Murray's hip problem first flared up at the French Open in 2017, with the Scot going under the knife the following January.

Trump dodges question on whether he has worked for Russian Federation
The Times says it's unclear whether Mueller is still pursuing the counterintelligence angle. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, confirmed his questions to former FBI General Counsel James A.

Amazon is developing its own game streaming service
Sony's PlayStation Now service is already up and running, and charges players $99.99 a year for access to more than 700 games . With the introduction of such game-streaming services, we may finally able to bid adieu those ultra-expensive gaming consoles.

Speaking in Abu Dhabi as part of a regional tour, Pompeo said the withdrawal of USA troops from Syria was a "tactical change" but the mission to destroy Islamic State and counter Iran's influence remained the same.

But, he added, "we also know that those are fighting alongside of us for all this time deserve to be protected as well". "Stop the ENDLESS WARS!"

He said the USA envoy for Syria, Jim Jeffrey, had travelled to northeast Syria this week and would soon go to Ankara for talks, including on moving forward a UN-led political process to end the eight-year long conflict in Syria.

Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said that several dozen Islamist fighters were among those evacuated to areas held by the Kurdish-Arab alliance.

The monitor said 300 SDF combatants had deployed near the village of Sousa in preparation for a final assault.

Meanwhile, the United Nations said that around 25,000 people had fled the violence over the last six months as IS's last fighters in the country battled to defend their dwindling territory.

A spokesman for the USA -led coalition said the SDF were making "great progress ... but the fight continues".

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Mass Overdose in California Kills 1, Injures 12
Jan 14, 2019 - 06:57
A relationship between the victims has not been established, though police say they all knew each other to some extent. Police did not provide many details of the person who died, but said he was an adult male who died on the scene.

Game of Thrones 8 official teaser and premiere date is out
Jan 14, 2019 - 06:37
Finally, the Stark siblings will know that Jon is not Ned Stark's illegitimate son but his nephew and a Targaryen. The teaser doesn't have any new footage of the finally season, but it's still a cool way to tease what's to come.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Ocasio-Cortez Campaign Fined For Denying Employees Proper Benefits
Jan 14, 2019 - 05:46
Lieberman pointed to the many moderate Democrats who beat Republicans in purple districts in 2018. Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described Democratic socialist , didn't flinch at the comment.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Kyler Murray is about to Create an NFL-MLB Bidding War
Jan 14, 2019 - 04:31
The A's selected Murray with the No. 9 overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft in June and gave him a $4.66 million bonus. The more interesting deadline is February 15 - the day Murray is supposed to report to the A's for the start spring training.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Leishman fifth as Kuchar leads PGA Hawaii
Jan 14, 2019 - 04:12
Matt Kuchar shot a bogey-free 6-under-par 66 to extend his lead in the Sony Open on Saturday at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu . Kuchar was flawless on day three, posting four birdies without dropping a shot, to be the 54-hole leader at 18 under.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Suspect in death of Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona identified
Jan 14, 2019 - 00:01
The note found in his home reads in part, "the Davis police are hitting me with ultrasonic waves meant to keep dogs from barking". After reloading a second time, the gunman approached a fire rescue squad, prompting a firefighter to run.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo questions spot as MVP favorite
Jan 13, 2019 - 22:44
But Harden missed his final four shots, including a pair of potential tying 3-pointers on the possession following his floater. The Greek Freak bruised and bullied his way to 27 points and 21 rebounds, getting to the line 14 times.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Guide: Resident Evil 2 Demo - How to Solve the Lion Statue Puzzle
Jan 13, 2019 - 21:58
As of this writing, though, we have heard rumors that you can replay the demo by launching the demo on a separate account. In fact, the entire idea behind the demo was to only give players one chance to complete it and experience it.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top White Supremacist Rep. Steve King Wonders Why Being White Supremacist Is Offensive
Jan 13, 2019 - 21:57
A Republican member of the Iowa state senate announced on Wednesday that he would challenge King in the 2020 Republican primary. King won a 9th term in Congress in November in his closest election yet.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top West Ham vs Arsenal, Premier League
Jan 13, 2019 - 21:25
It is a hard situation, I can't put myself in his shoes. "But I believe that it doesn't matter who he picks". He's going to be playing for either team. "I think that's his best position".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Bent iPads: Apple says you are looking at it wrong
Jan 13, 2019 - 21:15
The document explains how every cellular iPad model undergoes a special manufacturing process called co-molding. The company notes that the flat edges of the 2018 iPad Pro make slight bends more noticeable to the human eye.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top VLC hits 3 billion download mark with AirPlay being added this year
Jan 13, 2019 - 21:03
VLC developer, Ludovic Fauvet, later tweeted an image of the download counter with the 3 billion mark having just been surpassed. Let us know in the comments! And in a sign of the times, around a quarter of those downloads are coming from mobile devices.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top All hail 'The Wall:' Samsung's new 219-inch TV
Jan 13, 2019 - 19:41
That puts the U9F on par with Samsung's Q9FN QLED, which debuted in 2018 and became one of the best TVs of past year . Sony, TCL, and Hi-sense are also showing television sets that are 75 inches and larger at the show.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Microsoft Targeting 7GB of Reserved Storage for Windows 10 Updates
Jan 13, 2019 - 19:40
Last October saw Windows 10 go through a rough patch, what with its update taking out user data at the end of the process. You can not totally remove the reserved storage but it is possible to reduce the size of the storage .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Dundee University researchers help prove benefits of high fibre diet
Jan 13, 2019 - 19:10
Upping the intake of fiber can lower the risk of chronic diseases like cancer or stroke and, overall, prevent early mortality. Researchers also found people who increased the amount of fibre in their diet had lower body weight, and total cholesterol.