And moving former fighters to the United States poses some of the same challenges the U.S. has faced with men detained at the military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, including whether it's feasible to prosecute militants captured on the battlefields of northern Syria, according to experts.
Bolton presented Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin with a document restating Trump's intention to withdraw USA forces but also insisting on protection for Kurdish fighters, said according to a person briefed by a senior administration official who attended the session, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
The announcement was made just days after Kurdish forces announced that they had captured two American ISIS fighters, and as many analysts question what will happen to the Kurds if the Trump administration pulls its estimated 2,000 troops out of Syria.
It was Erdoğan who gave the first impressions over the talks between Bolton and Kalın in his weekly address to his Justice and Development Party (AKP) parliamentary group.
Donald Trump's national-security advisor met with Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel yesterday to discuss plans for the region, including a withdrawal from "northeast Syria", as Bolton specified in a joint presser.
"I want to emphasize this specifically: We are now again facing a situation that we had observed with the American administration in the past". SDF commanders have warned that they will be unable to hold the 700 prisoners if Turkish forces invade Syria following a U.S. withdrawal.
"Trump has now told our president twice that they will withdraw", Cavusoglu said. But, he added, any operation into Syria would also target YPG positions.
The Turkish foreign minister's remarks came a day after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan rebuffed Bolton and refused a meeting.
Pompeo said the USA withdrawal from Syria will occur at a measured pace, with operations against Islamic State continuing as "we complete the mission of taking down the last elements of the caliphate before we depart".
Pompeo said that the USA was "timid" about "asserting ourselves when the times - and our partners - demanded it". We learned that when America retreats, chaos follows.
Relations between the United States and Iran have been acrimonious since Donald Trump withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal. "We always do and now is the time, but this isn't a change of mission" in eradicating ISIS and other Islamic terrorism. Turkey, their mortal enemy, has every intention of slaughtering them once America leaves.
Pompeo's remarks come after, earlier this week, Secretary of the Iranian Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said that representatives of the U.S. 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.
Many politicians from the ruling coalition of mainly Shi'ite parties called Trump's visit a violation of Iraqi sovereignty and demanded the United States withdraw troops. We've never dreamed of domination.
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says Turkey may buy U.S. Patriot missile systems if conditions are right, but insists such a deal would be impossible if Washington forces Ankara to cancel its agreement to purchase S-400 antiaircraft missiles from Russian Federation.
Many Kurds are concerned that a United States pullout will make them vulnerable to assaults from Turkey and the remaining members of ISIS still in the region.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, second right, and his wife Susan, right, is welcomed by US ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman, second left, as they arrive in Baghdad, Iraq, during a Middle East tour, January 9, 2019.