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British 'special forces wounded in Syria' in 'ISIS missile attack'

British 'special forces wounded in Syria' in 'ISIS missile attack'

Critics say the move puts US-allied Kurdish forces at risk of attack by Turkish troops.

After holding the unnamed man as an "enemy combatant" on a military base in Iraq for months, the US planned to release him first to Saudi Arabia, then back into Syria under "safe conditions" in the area where he was captured.

For his part, Bolton said the U.S. backed Israel's right to self-defence and said the Trump administration will continue to work with Israel to counter "the continuing threat of Iran's quest for deliverable nuclear weapons".

Those conditions, he said, included the defeat of remnants of IS in Syria, and protections for Kurdish militias who have fought alongside United States troops against the extremist group.

The announcement has concerned Israel and other USA allies in the region, and Trump has since spoken of "slowly" sending troops home "over a period of time".

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Bolton, who will travel to Turkey on Monday, said the U.S. will talk to Ankara to find out what its objectives and capabilities are.

Mr Trump said: 'We have defeated Isis in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency'. Ankara regards the YPG an extension of the PKK, a Kurdish group that has waged a 34-year insurgency in Turkey.

Fear of a Turkish assault has led the Kurds to strike an agreement with the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to leave the Syrian town Manbij in exchange for military support in case they come under attack from Turkey.

Joost Hiltermann, Middle East and North Africa Program Director for the International Crisis Group, said the latest United States move showed a lack of "coherent policy" on the Middle East.

Some 300 Americans tried to leave or did leave the fight in Iraq or Syria since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011, the report said, citing the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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"I think they know who their friends are", he said.

Bolton said US troops would remain at the critical are of al-Tanf, in southern Syria, to counter growing Iranian activity in the region.

The also seeking a "satisfactory disposition" for roughly 800 IS prisoners held by the U.S. -backed Syrian opposition, Bolton said, adding talks were ongoing with European and regional partners about the issue.

"The Golan Heights is tremendously important for our security", Netanyahu told US National Security Adviser John Bolton, during a joint statement after their meeting at the Prime Minister's Residence on Balfour Street. The presence in eastern Syria was supposed to check and kick out Iran [and] it was supposed to ensure the enduring defeat of Isil. Trump, however, also toured the area in a previous visit. Israel captured the Old City from Jordan in the 1967 war. Palestinians seek East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

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