U.S. to expel every last Iranian boot from Syria - Pompeo

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The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has vowed the US and its allies will "expel every last Iranian boot" from Syria as he sought to reassure Middle Eastern nations it was not withdrawing from the region despite Donald Trump's call for troops to return home.

"ISIS is defeated militarily but the mission is not accomplished", Salih said, using an acronym for Islamic State.

Last December, Trump announced plans to withdraw all USA troops from Syria, claiming that American forces had defeated Daesh there.

In lengthy remarks at the American University in Cairo, the US' top diplomat invoked Obama's speech in the same city a decade ago to offer a point-counterpoint assessment of the two administration's policy moves.

What makes the case for the teen captured unique is he has been described as a "foreign fighter", Hughes said, Stars and Stripes reported. "We remain committed to the complete dismantling of the Isis [IS] threat", he said, adding that the usa also wanted its partners to "do more".

U.S. officials, among them Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have made it clear they do not want Turkey "to slaughter" the Kurds, their partners against the Islamic State, when Washington retreats from Syria, a move seen as a betrayal by many Kurds who lost thousands of men and women during the war.

The "decision to withdraw our troops has been made".

The Kurdish militia known as the YPG, which has been the USA military's most valuable ally in the fight against ISIS in Syria, said eight foreign fighters were caught on Sunday and Monday in eastern Syria, about 15 miles from the Iraqi border. "We remain committed to the complete dismantling of the ISIS threat and the ongoing fight against radical Islamism in all of its forms".

Describing the USA as a "force for good" in the Middle East, Pompeo sought to reassure allies that Washington remained committed to the "complete dismantling" of ISIS.

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.

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In a scathing response on Twitter, Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif mockingly said Teran will "mimic" USA policy in the Middle East "when hell freezes over".

"It's a bipartisan failure", said Mark Dubowitz, the chief executive of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a hawkish Washington-based think tank.

The senior administration official said the U.S. will defeat remaining IS fighters on the way out to prevent a resurgence and that the USA will oppose any mistreatment of opposition forces, such as the SDF, that fought with the United States against IS.

The whistle-stop tour will also take Pompeo to Gulf countries including the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Though orders have been given to the U.S. military to begin preparing for withdrawal, troops will carry out operations against the militant group as they leave. A long-promised proposed Trump plan for a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians has so far failed to materialise.

And numerous Trump administration's decisions have stoked confusion and angered many regional allies.

Consolidating traditional USA relationships in the Middle East has been central to Trump's regional strategy, as has bedrock support for Israel and attempts to align Arab allies with Jerusalem, particularly on Iran.

"A risk averse president who makes new policy by tweet or phone call surrounded by risk-ready advisers who run cleanup, don't respect deliberation and have objectives that aren't clear or attainable equals USA policy [or lack of it] in Syria". "We believe the sooner they leave Syria the better for the people of this country", he told reporters on the sidelines of the Raisina Dialogue, a multilateral conference held annually in New Delhi.

But Ankara insists those Syrian Kurdish fighters are linked to the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK), a group that is banned in Turkey and has been considered a terrorist group by the United States since 1997.

"John Bolton [US national security adviser] has made a grave mistake on this issue", a furious Mr Erdoğan told parliament as Mr Bolton arrived in Ankara for talks with Turkish officials.

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