US National Security Advisor John Bolton is reassuring allies that the US will not pull troops out of Syria immediately.
After the US army sent forces into the Middle East, Iran has said it won't surrender to political and economic pressure. US President Trump said he wants to hear directly from Iran's leaders and asked them to call him.
The White House said that sending its aircraft carrier and bomber task force to the Middle East was 'clear and unmistakable' message to Tehran that the US was prepared to defend its interests.
The US national security adviser has signaled a pause in planned troop withdrawals. The move abruptly announced by President Donald Trump last month was initially expected to be completed within weeks.
John Bolton's visit to Turkey seems unlikely to secure assurances for Kurdish groups in northern Syria. President Erdogan couldn't meet with Trump's national security adviser, but told allies he'd make no "concessions."
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