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Morass in the Middle East: Top Diplomats Dispatched to Defend US Policy

Pompeo rebuked former US President Barack Obama administration's "misguided" and "wishful" thinking that has diminished America's role in the region and emboldened its main foe: Iran.

Interested in Donald Trump? "In falsely seeing ourselves as a force for what ails the Middle East, we were timid in asserting ourselves when the time and our partners demanded it". He told you that radical Islamist terrorism does not stem from an ideology.

Pompeo jetted off to reassure Middle Eastern allies rattled by Trump's sudden announcement in December that the Islamic State was defeated and that he would withdraw 2,000 US troops from Syria in 30 days.

Erdogan charged that Bolton made a "serious mistake" in appearing to put conditions on President Donald Trump's call to withdraw us troops from Syria that would keep them there without a change of mission or timetable for a pullout. Sean Robertson said that the USA -led coalition against ISIS in Iraq and Syria has "approved framework for the withdrawal of forces from Syria and is now engaged in executing that withdrawal".

And parroting Obama's words in his landmark 2009 speech in Cairo, Pompeo vowed that now was really "a new beginning" in ties between the United States and the Middle East.

The US is deeply suspicious of Iranian activity in the Middle East and views it as a destabilising force in the region.

"What did we learn from all this?"

"Whenever/wherever United States interferes, chaos, repression & resentment follow", Zarif wrote on Twitter.

Erdogan's comments came shortly after US National Security Adviser John Bolton held talks in the Turkish capital with Erdogan's adviser Ibrahim Kalin, in a key meeting focusing on the surprise US decision to withdraw its troops from Syria.

"The age of self-inflicted American shame is over, and so are the policies that produced so much needless suffering", he said. "Now comes the real 'new beginning'".

Pompeo's remarks come after, earlier this week, Secretary of the Iranian Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said that representatives of the United States administration had invited Tehran to resume talks on the Iran nuclear deal on numerous occasions, however, the Middle Eastern country said that it was not interested in engaging in negotiations with a country that is not logical in its approach toward talks.

Bolton has changed the terms of this decision dramatically since Trump announced it three weeks ago.

The aforementioned maps reveal that USA operations took place in northeastern Syria only.

But it was comments made by Bolton on Sunday in Israel that had already raised hackles in Ankara, when he suggested the retreat was also conditional on the safety of US-backed Kurdish fighters, considered terrorists by Turkey.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded on Twitter, saying, "Whenever/wherever USA interferes, chaos, repression and resentment follow. He told you 9/11 led my country to abandon its ideals, particularly in the Middle East", Pompeo said.

The tour comes amid rising concerns that U.S. policy is getting bogged down.

Shahoz Hasan, co-chair of the largest Kurdish group in Syria the Democratic Union Party, or PYD, says it was clear from the latest statements Turkey was planning an assault.

During his address, the secretary applauded Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's efforts to promote religious freedom and encouraged him "to unleash the creative energies of Egypt's people, unfetter the economy, and promote a free and open exchange of ideas". He said their meeting was "productive".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo just began a tour of eight Middle Eastern nations to discuss the withdrawal of the American troops.

The US deployed troops and equipment to Syria in 2014 as part of a Washington-led coalition supposedly fighting Daesh.

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