Bolton warns Syria against use of chemical weapons

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

The YPG is the backbone of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which maintains close military cooperation with the US.

Netanyahu's comments were made in a phone call between the two leaders, Anadolu Agency reported, with Netanyahu's office also sending a written statement about the issue to its Russian counterpart.

"As we elaborate how the (U.S. troop) withdrawal is going to occur and the circumstances, we don't want the Assad regime to see what we do as representing any diminution in our opposition to the use of weapons of mass destruction", Bolton said on Saturday.

"The incident is under investigation", said Army Col. Scott Rawlinson, the spokesman.

Last month Donald Trump said he would be withdrawing United States troops from Syria after claiming ISIS had been defeated in the region.

He also said that the withdrawal would take place but "in a way to make sure Isis is defeated and is not able to revive itself and become a threat again".

Jim Jeffrey, the special representative for Syrian engagement and the newly named American special envoy for the anti-ISIL coalition, is to travel to Syria this coming week in an effort to reassure the Kurdish fighters that they are not being abandoned, Bolton said.

"I think this is the reality setting in that you got to plan this out", said U.S. Sen.

The second American the SDF captured was identified as Zaid Abed al-Hamed.

Bolton said that the US would continue negotiations with Turkish officials to secure protection for Kurdish allies in the northeastern part of Syria.

As with Clark, Al-Hamid's Arabic nom de guerre, or "kunya", contains a term traditionally used to identify Americans, but several fighters dubbed with the same term and appearing in jihadist propaganda materials since 2011 were not mentioned in the February report because their true names or backgrounds could not be verified, wrote Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens, Seamus Hughes and Bennett Clifford, the report's authors.

Bolton was expected to explain that some US troops based in Syria to fight IS will shift to Iraq with the same mission and that the al-Tanf base would remain. The U.S. has an estimated 2,000 troops in Syria, mostly in the northeast.

The move shocked U.S. allies and American defence officials alike, with USA defence secretary Jim Mattis and a top United States official in the fight against IS, Brett McGurk, resigning soon after.

Trump's announcement about the intended troop withdrawal was greeted by surprise and condemnation from many USA lawmakers and allies, and prompted the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and the US special envoy for the anti-IS coalition in protest. "That a terror organization can not be allied with the self-evident", he said.

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