Pom­peo seeks to re­as­sure Kurds in Syria

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

US Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo sought on Wednesday to re­as­sure US-backed Kur­dish forces in Syria that they will be safe af­ter Amer­i­can troops with­draw from the coun­try. Amid con­fu­sion over plans to im­ple­ment US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s pull­out or­der and threats from Turkey to at­tack the Kurds, Pom­peo made an unan­nounced stop in Iraq while on a week­long trip to the Mid­dle East aimed at as­suag­ing the fears of Wash­ing­ton’s Arab part­ners that the United States is aban­don­ing the re­gion or walk­ing away from the fight against the Is­lamic State group. Ear­lier in the week, Trump’s na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser, John Bolton, said pro­tect­ing the Kurds is a pri­or­ity for the US even as it moves to with­draw about 2,000 troops from Syria.

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