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Turkey rejects U.S. call to protect Kurds in Syria

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From United Press International


Turkey rejects U.S. call to protect Kurds in Syria

Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday rejected a U.S. call to protect Kurdish fighters in Syria who'd worked alongside American troops in fighting the Islamic State, saying they are terrorists.

Erdogan's words were a response to U.S. national security adviser John Bolton, who told Israel Sunday protection for Kurdish fighters would be a necessary condition before the Pentagon removes about 2,000 troops from Syria. President Donald Trump announced the full withdrawal last month.

Bolton was in Ankara Monday to work with Turkish officials about how to handle armed groups in Syria after the U.S. pullout.

Turkey considers the Kurdish People's Protection Units, known as the YPG, and its political wing, the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, terrorist groups.

COMMENT:-

When you combine the Turkish position with the American position ("No Syria withdrawal without Turkish pledge not to attack Kurds, Bolton says") what does the "now" in Mr. Trump's "We are going to withdraw from Syria and we are going to withdraw now." mean?
 
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