Pompeo Makes Surprise Appearance in Iraq in Bid to Stoke ISIS Fight

President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House Wednesday Jan. 2 2019 in Washington

President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House Wednesday Jan. 2 2019 in Washington

Many politicians from the ruling coalition of mainly Shi'ite parties called Trump's visit a violation of Iraqi sovereignty and demanded the United States withdraw troops. The extremely divided anti-government forces are for the most part in sharp decline, only holding pockets of territory concentrated in northwestern Syria. While the SDF posed a potent military threat in the Syrian Civil War, its position has become increasingly complicated in the past year with the introduction of Turkish troops into the Syrian conflict.

Cavusoglu said Ankara would fight the YPG whether or not the USA withdraws from Syria.

The tomb, which is considered as a Turkish enclave according to a treaty between Syria and Turkey, was moved from the eastern bank of the Euphrates river to the Turkish border near the Syrian city of Kobani in 2015. The two leaders spoke only by phone. Most of the U.S. soldiers are there to train local forces fighting the hardcore-Islamist IS.

The U.S. and Turkey are allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

He mulled bilateral talks between Turkey and Iran but gave no framework.

But beyond these short-term considerations, Erdogan has designs in Syria.

"America's position in Iraq, like its position in Syria, is on thin ice, because Iran - in Iraq - has really won the day and ultimately we've seen that the rise of sectarian sensibilities and sectarian animosities in the larger Middle East has undermined America's position and strengthened Iran's position, because Iran is (a majority) Shi'ite country.and the U.S.is seen to be a pro-Saudi, pro-Sunni, pro-Gulf country", said Landis.

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A meeting between Bolton and Erdogan was never confirmed, a US official said, but administration officials had said one was expected.Speaking before Erdogan's remarks to parliament, Marquis said Bolton and Kalin had "a productive discussion" and had "identified further issues for dialogue."Bolton's comments about Turkey over the weekend during an interview with reporters traveling with him in Israel had drawn criticism from Turkish officials". As an offshoot of Al Qaeda, the Islamic State fell under the scope of the AUMF.

Iran and Russian Federation have been supporting the Syrian government in its anti-terror operations at the request of the Damascus government. Therefore, meeting the second element of this test would be tenable at best.

The vacancies are especially problematic as the Trump administration continues to send contradictory messages about its policies toward friends and foes in the region. It would be hard enough to argue that remaining in Syria would not rise to the level of war, however, let alone the lower level of mere hostilities.

Mr Pompeo was speaking in Cairo three weeks after President Donald Trump said United States troops were pulling out of Syria. Although U.S. foreign-affairs law is admittedly murky, this leaves the Trump administration without legal authorization to maintain an operation in Syria.

"The Trump administration is making Iran a priority not for engagement but for conflict [as well as]. sacrificing a lot of things in the region in order to make sure that they have the Middle East strategic alliance against Iran".

"Turkish officials don't want to do anything that can backfire and push Trump to reverse his decision to withdraw", Yesiltas said.

Michael Goodyear is a J.D. Candidate at University of Michigan Law School and holds an A.B. from the University of Chicago.

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