USA to expel every last Iranian boot from Syria - Pompeo

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

His tour is aimed at urging regional allies to continue to confront the "significant threats" posed by Iran and Islamic jihadists despite Trump´s shock decision last month to pull all 2,000 American troops from Syria.

The visit by Washington's top diplomat comes amid confusion in the region over a surprise plan by President Donald Trump's administration to pull U.S. troops out of Syria.

Turkey wants to give United States forces time to leave and coordinate the pullout, which is now expected to take 60 to 120 days, but if it sees Washington is "procrastinating", it will go ahead with its plans for an operation, he said.

Pompeo said that as a result of Obama's mindset, us policies created a "dire" situation that allowed for the rise of the Islamic State and for Iran to spread its influence to countries such as Iraq, Yemen, Syria and Lebanon, including proxies such as Hezbollah and the Houthis.

He committed to ongoing airstrikes against Isis but did not directly address Trump's decision to withdraw 2,000 USA ground forces from eastern Syria.

In an email exchange with the Register, Holmes cited Bassam Ishak, the president of the Syriac National Council of Syria and a diplomatic representative of the Syrian Democratic Council in the United States, as the source for her estimate of Christians living in northeastern Syria.

The "decision to withdraw our troops has been made. We will withdraw our forces, our uniformed forces, from Syria and continue America's crushing campaign", Pompeo told reporters at a joint press conference with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shukry.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo, Egypt, January 10, 2019.

On Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave a speech in Egypt in which he trashed former president Barack Obama for his approach to the political challenges of the Middle East.

Pompeo's speech drew immediate criticism from Middle East experts as well as officials who served under Obama who accused the secretary of state of violating the American tradition that "politics stops at the water's edge". "There's no change in our counter-Iran strategy", Pompeo said in an interview on Monday with CNBC.

Even though IS - also known as ISIS - has been largely eradicated from Iraq, after capturing a vast swathe of territory in 2014, it still controls a few pockets in war-torn Syria. We've never dreamed of domination in the Middle East.

In a press conference with his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi in Amman on Tuesday afternoon, Pompeo stressed that the U.S. is not withholding its commitment to limit Iran's influence in the region. "It undermined the concept of the nation-state, the building block of global stability", he said. They said the speech pandered to authoritarian leaders and ignored rights violations that Obama had called out.

"He told you that radical Islamist terrorism doesn't stem from ideology".

The tour comes amid rising concerns that USA policy is getting bogged down. Trump has not contradicted Bolton, and in fact, is now pretending that was always the plan.

The Trump administration encountered similar pushback elsewhere on Tuesday, as U.S. allies pressed their own priorities.

The senior United States diplomat arrived in Cairo on Wednesday evening after stops in Jordan and Iraq. Again, this is not a box likely to be checked no matter how long USA troops stay in Syria.

The Afrin district of Syria's Aleppo province is seen from the Turkish city of Kilis.

The continued use of this language from top Trump administration officials irks Turkey's tremendously and convinces officials in Ankara that the USA remains out of touch with Turkey's national security dilemmas. "Turkish cooperation on counterterrorism efforts to ensure the lasting defeat of ISIS".

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