White House national security advisor John Bolton made a change Sunday to the guidelines for U.S. withdrawal from Syria. Reuters reports Bolton added the requirement that Turkey must agree to protect the Kurds, who are allies of the United States.
When President Donald Trump recently announced that the US would pull out of Syria, a concern was if that would leave Kurdish fighters in northern Syria to be targeted by their enemy Turkey.
When asked if the US withdrawal would not take place until Turkey guaranteed the Kurdish fighters would be safe, Bolton said, “Basically, that’s right.”
A spokesman for Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said, “Turkey will continue decisively its efforts to end the war, provide security, and implement the process of political transition without discriminating between our Syrian brothers on the basis of religion, ethnicity or sect.”