Kurdish Official Asks for U.S. Clarifications Over Syria Withdrawal

Speaking to The Associated Press from northern Syria Monday, Badran Jia Kurd says the Kurds have not been informed of any change in the U.S. position

A member of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) takes part in a demonstration alongside Syrian-Kurds in the town of Amuda, some 30 kilometres west of Qamishli, a Kurdish-majority city in northeastern Hasakeh province, against a military operation by the Turkish army against the Kurdish YPG forces in Syria's Afrin, on January 21, 2018
A member of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) takes part in a demonstration alongside Syrian-Kurds in the town of Amuda on January 21, 2018Credit: AFP PHOTO / DELIL SOULEIMAN

A Syrian Kurdish official says Syria’s Kurds are awaiting clarifications from the U.S. over America’s withdrawal plans following comments made by a top White House aide that appeared to contradict earlier comments by President Donald Trump.

Speaking to The Associated Press from northern Syria Monday, Badran Jia Kurd says the Kurds have not been informed of any change in the U.S. position and were in the dark about the latest comments by U.S. national security adviser John Bolton and what they indicated.

Bolton, on a visit to Israel Sunday, said U.S. troops will not leave northeastern Syria until IS militants are defeated and American-allied Kurdish fighters are protected. The comments appeared to put the brakes on a withdrawal abruptly announced by Trump last month and initially expected to be completed within weeks.

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