American teen ISIS suspect arrested in Syria, U.S.-allied Kurds say

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However, top of the agenda of both sets of talks are US plans on Syria, and the parallel visits come at a confusing moment for the region when it is not clear whether or when US President Donald Trump will execute plans to withdraw US troops from Syria as announced in December.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton have pledged that the US departure from Syria would not leave the Kurds vulnerable to attack by Turkey after Trump faced a backlash at home over his surprise decision last month to leave Syria.

During the discussions, Bolton stressed U.S. opposition to any Turkish mistreatment of the Syrian Democratic Forces, which have fought alongside the United States against the Islamic State.

In a statement, the National Security Action Group - an advocacy organization made up of former Obama administration officials - responded to Pompeo's criticism, writing: "That this administration feels the need, almost a decade later, to take potshots at an effort to identify common ground between the Arab world and the West speaks not only to the Trump administration's pettiness but also to its lack of a strategic vision for America's role in the region and its abdication of America's values".

His comments come one day after Mr Erdogan lambasted the United States for suggesting that Ankara needed to guarantee the safety of Kurdish groups in Syria before Washington would withdraw its forces. No different from my original statements, we will be leaving at a proper pace while at the same time continuing to fight ISIS and doing all else that is prudent and necessary!,' he tweeted Monday.

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Israel's nightmare is a unified Syrian regime, backed by Russian Federation and Iran, fortified by Turkey, eager to turn their collective attention on his Jewish state.

Just as Bolton was being rebuffed in Ankara, Pompeo was touching down in Amman - another country anxious to see American troops remain in Syria for the long haul.

US lawmakers on both sides of the partisan divide accused the president of quitting the fight to vanquish ISIS before it had been won, and betraying Syrian Kurds, a stalwart USA ally that would be left unprotected. Pompeo has stressed throughout his trip to the region that Washington still aims to counter Iranian influence.

The United States now has no ambassador to Turkey.

The next stop in Pompeo's odyssey is critical to cement this coalition.

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"The president's decision to withdraw our folks from Syria in no way impacts our capacity to deliver on that", he said in a joint news conference with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi. The same day, the White House said that the United States would be removing all its troops from Syria.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday launched an astonishing rebuke of former President Barack Obama's foreign policy at the site of Obama's famous speech to the Muslim world - declaring that "the age of self-inflicted American shame is over". His easy mission will be to persuade these nations that the Trump administration remains committed to neutralizing Iran.

Ahead of his visit to Saudi Arabia in the coming days, Pompeo is also expected to confirm the strength of the US alliance with Saudi Arabia, despite the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi whose murder was blamed on the powerful Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman by the US Senate.

Why did Pompeo mention Iran?

A state-run Russian television station reported that Russian military police were patrolling the outskirts of the town of Manbij, where USA soldiers remain, in a buffer zone separating Syrian forces and "militants" outside of the town.

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The IRGC leader said Iran's support for Hezbollah and "Palestinian resistance groups" has grown "so much powerful" that they now have the ability to deal a devastating blow to Israel, according to Iran's Fars News Agency. And there seems to be precious little of that to go around.

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