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Syria: Pompeo says “no contradiction” on politics even though US statements change

"This is good, you write all what you want, but the president has been very clear, and (National Security Advisor…

“This is good, you write all what you want, but the president has been very clear, and (National Security Advisor John) Bolton and I have also been very clear on this threat of radical Islamic terrorism is real,” Pompeo in Cairo. “ISIS continues – we fight them in many regions around the country. Our commitment to prevent Daesh’s growth, ISIS growth, is real. It is important. We will continue on that. “

While analysts have underlined the impact of the recall decision on US allies, especially the Kurds, and the potential benefits of a US recovery for Iran and Russia, no one has suggested that the ISIS threat has disappeared and instead emphasized it continues to exist. “” We will do it in a certain way, Syria, differently, “Pompeo also said.” The United States decision, President Trump’s decision to take back our troops has been made. We’ll do it. “

Trump caused an uprising among US allies when he announced last month that ISIS had been defeated in Syria and that US troops would “come back now” from the country. Since then, Trump and his top advisers have qualified that declaration and Bolton said Sunday that US forces would not go until ISIS has been crushed and Kurdish fighters working with US troops are protected from Turkish attacks.

Bolton’s comments quickly punished Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who said the National Security Adviser had made a “serious mistake” and that Turkey would not compromise.

Pompeo said Thursday “it is possible to keep in mind the idea “that the United States would withdraw uniformed troops at the time as it continues its “crusade campaign” against ISIS.

“I have told each of the leaders here in the region that I have met what we have committed to it,” he said.

Asked about disagreement with Turkey over US Syria’s withdrawal commitments, Pompeo said that discussions were ongoing and noted that special envoy for Syria Jim Jeffrey was in the region.

“Our team is committed and has talks on how we achieve all the important results there,” he said.

Pompeo travels to nine Middle Eastern countries this week to emphasize that the United States remains committed to the region, officials have said. In a gaggle with the travel press at the beginning of the trip, Pompeo denied that there was confusion from allies.

“All of us have communicated with, all the countries I will visit – we have communicated with all our European allies. I believe that everyone understands what the United States does. At least the leading leaders in their governments,” he said.

CNN’s Kylie Atwood and Nicole Gaouette contributed to this report.

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