John Bolton, White house national security advisor said on Sunday that Turkey will not attack US allies in Syria without their agreement despite Washington’s withdrawal.
“We don’t think the Turks ought to undertake military action that’s not fully coordinated with and agreed to by the United States at a minimum, so they don’t endanger our troops, but also so that they meet the president’s requirement that the Syrian opposition forces that have fought with us are not endangered,” Bolton said.
He announced on January 2 that he will visit Turkey and Israel “to discuss the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria, how we will work with allies and partners to prevent the resurgence of ISIS, stand fast with those who fought with us against ISIS, and counter Iranian malign behavior in the region.”
US president Donald Trump announced on December 19 that ISIS has been defeated in Syria and US troops will soon withdraw from the country.
The decision brought huge criticism on Trump’s administration both locally and internationally.