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    Turkish Leader To Bolton: You Made 'Grave Mistake'

    The planned US withdrawal from Syria just got even thornier. Turkey's president criticized national security adviser John Bolton's comments on the issue and didn't meet with Bolton in a move widely perceived as a diplomatic snub.

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took issue with Bolton's weekend statement from Israel in which Bolton demanded that Turkey protect US-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria when the US pulls out, reports the New York Times.

    Erdogan sees the Kurd fighters as terrorists who support a Kurdish insurgency inside his nation. "It is not possible for us to swallow the message Bolton gave from Israel," said Erdogan, calling it a "grave mistake."

    What's more, Erdogan suggested that Turkey would reject a US request to hold off on any military operation against the Kurds in Syria, reports the Washington Post.

    "Very soon, we will take action to neutralize terrorist organizations in Syria," he said. Bolton was in Turkey on Tuesday and had been expected to meet with Erdogan, but the Turkish president said he was too busy, reports the AP.

    All of this comes after President Trump made his surprise announcement that US troops were withdrawing from Syria—"they’re all coming back and they're coming back now," he said.

    Bolton then embarked on his trip overseas to assure allies that the withdrawal would be conducted carefully

    Again this shows how incompetent this Trump government is; an total joke for sure!

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    You are exactly correct. As I posted on January 10, Trump truly is the world's most dangerous man, and your post reaffirms that.

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    Dutch -- Yes thanks for sharing this. It seems the Trump administration is forever in a cycle of "trial and error" where Trump makes an ignorant and biased "decision" and it's left to his equally incompetent cabinet and staff to either claim "that's not what he meant" or find a "work around' to save his face. The Kurds have been our ally in Iraq for years, and Trump (as well as other presidents before him) throws them under the bus.

    You can read about the rich history of Kurdistan in Wikipedia.

    Wikipedia: Kurdistan